Other names: Willie James
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Andrew, WiltshireSemley, WiltshireSalisbury, WiltshireTisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Willie James Masters was born in Donhead St. Andrew on 13 Dec 1887 the son of Thomas Masters and Emily Ann Burden Masters (nee Barber). He lived his early life in Berry Wood Lane, Donhead St. Andrew, and later in Barkers Hill, Semley, Wiltshire. His marriage to Alice Ellen Haimes was registered in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registry on 26 Dec 1914. He had enlisted on 15 Jun 1916 and joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 29455). Unfortunately he was discharged on 25 Aug 1916 due to having 'bad Feet' and thereby unlikely to make an efficient soldier. He was called up a second time on 15 Jun 1917 but was not embodied as he continued to remain unfit. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Shaftesbury Road, Wilton, Wiltshire, working as an Estate Carpenter. He death was recorded at the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registry in 1967.