William Henry Hussey

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Sapper

Service No:           2534

Unit:                     2nd/2nd (South Midland) Field Coy. Royal Engineers.

William was born in Crews Hole Bristol in 1897.  He was the 5th Child of Robert and Elizabeth Hussey.  As a 3 year old in 1901 we find him living with his parents & siblings in Lamb Hill his father was a brickyard labourer. By the time of the 1911 census he had an additional 2 younger siblings, still living in Lamb Hill his father’s occupation now recorded as a brick and tile manufacturer.

2nd Field Coy. Royal Engineers formed part of the 8th Division that was formed in England during October 1914 by the bringing together of regular army units which had been stationed at various points around the British Empire. The Division moved to France in November 1914, a badly-needed reinforcement to the BEF.

18 year old Sapper William Hussey was killed in action on 18th July 1916 the eve of the Battle of Fromelles. The men of the British Army began burying their fallen comrades at Laventie Military Cemetery in the latter half of June 1916. Over 80 members of the Division who were killed or mortally wounded during the Battle of Fromelles (July 19 1916) were laid to rest here, and the cemetery was used by British units holding this part of the line throughout 1916 and ’17.

William rests in Grave reference II. D. 2

Image by kind permission of CWGC.

William was awarded The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 cencus

Soldiers Died in the Great War