Other names: William Thomas
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetGillingham, DorsetIndiaSturminster, Dorset
Story: William Thomas Brown was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7 Mar 1888 the son of Samuel Brown and Clara Brown (nee Moore). He lived his early life with his family at Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Shaftesbury. He enlisted on 19 Mar 1906 and joined the 11th Hussars of the Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 1177). He served with his Regiment in India and was discharged to the Reserves on 2 Mar 1913. He married Constance Kate Gray at Gillingham, Dorset, on 10 Dec 1913 and they went on to have at least one child. William was re-embodied on 4 Aug 1914. He transferred to the York and Lancaster Regiment on 8 Jun 1915 (Service No. 54977) and then to the 378th Home Service Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 165859). He served World War 1 in the UK only and was eventually discharged on 19 Nov 1917 as being no longer physically fit for service. No medal records can be found. He lived at Railway Terrace, Gillingham, Dorset, up until his death in 1961 which was registered at Sturminster, Dorset, Registration District. He was buried in Gillingham on 8 Jul 1961.