Firmston, William H

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William Henry Firmston

"Firmston, William H"

Son of William Henry Firmston and Emily Emma Firmston née Floodgate of Schoolhouse Lane, Teddington

Born 13th May 1895 at Bermondsey, Surrey

Baptised 28th June 1900 at St Mary's Church, Teddington

Lived at 5 Grove Cottages, Watts Lane, Teddington and 9 Cranmer Road, Teddington

Employed as a gardener at Hampton Wick and Staines, Middlesex

Enlisted as Private (G/9064) in November 1914 shortly after the outbreak of war.

According to reports published in the Surrey Comet, in 1915 he served in the Dardanelles campaign during which he suffered many hardships, including almost freezing to death and during the evacuation from the Gallipoli Peninsular he was wounded by shrapnel in several places.

After Gallipoli he served on the Western Front and was shot through the knee at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. He was sent home for treatment at a hospital in Manchester but when recovered was sent back to France in March 1918 as Acting Company Sergeant Major with 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, Y Company.

He was originally reported as 'wounded and missing between 11th and 13th April 1918' but was later confirmed as killed in action on 13th April 1918, aged 23 years.

He has no known grave

Listed on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Ploegsteert, Arrondissement de Mouscron, Hainaut, Belgium (Panel 3)

(See: Find A Grave Memorial #12700944)

Listed on The WW1 War Memorial of St Alban's Church

Commemorated on the Hampton Wick Remembers website.

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