William Wash

William Wash (1889 – 1916) lived at 2 Stanwell Street with his family when he went to North School.  His father James was a whitesmith, someone who worked with tin, pewter and other materials.

By 1911 William was boarding in St Ives Cambridgeshire, where he worked as a Gentleman’s Outfitter.  He enlisted with the Huntingdon Cyclist Brigade in November 1914, leaving Huntingdon in December.  The role of the Cyclist was to carry messages and reconnaissance.

William died of his wounds on 1st September 1916 in France and is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery where his headstone is inscribed:

“Father and mother’s brothers’ and sisters’ loving remembrance”


Sources
1894 – 1903 Admission Register
1901 census
1911 census
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
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