Other names: William Stephen
Locations in this story: Loders, DorsetBlandford, DorsetIwerne Minster, DorsetFrance & FlandersWareham, DorsetSturminster, DorsetSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: William Stephen Riglar was born in Loders, Dorset, on 14 Sep 1897 the son of Walter William Riglar and Harriet Riglar (nee Samways). He spent his early life with his parents at Upton Farm Dairy, Uploaders. Loders, Dorset. By 1915 he had moved to Littleton Dairy, Blandford, Dorset. He enlisted in Dec 1915 and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 163958). He served with the 40th DAC in France and Flanders. He was wounded on 30 Apr 1918 and was not returned to duty until 31 Oct 1918. His address based on the Absent Voter List 1918 was Church Path, Iwerne Minster, Dorset where he remained after discharge until 1922. On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Hilda V. Mills in Wareham, Dorset, in 1923. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Church House Cottages, Sturminster, Dorset, working as a Gardener. His death was registered in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1971 and he was buried on 12 Feb 1971 at St. Mary's Church, Wareham, Dorset.