Corporal William John Andrews

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

28 Sep 1916

War time / or Pre War occupation



Mr Davis, Church Street, Luton

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Mill Road Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News/Saturday Telegraph , 14th October 1916
Cpl William John Andrews


Cpl William John Andrews, 22020, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in an attack on the Schwaben Redoubt, near Thiepval on the Somme, on September 28th, 1916.

He was aged 17 and not legally compelled to have been on the battlefield. He was also wearing two stripes to indicate that he had previously been wounded.

L-Cpl A. Bellamy, a friend who was beside William when he died wrote to parents John and Beatrice Mary Andrews, at 4 Hartley Road, Luton, to say their son died immediately he was hit. "As I was by his side I know he did not suffer any pain."

A parcel Mr and Mrs Andrews had sent to their son was distributed among other members of his platoon, as William had wished.

Born in Hatfield, the young soldier had joined up on his 16th birthday and went into training at Ampthill. He was the eldest of six children and had been previously apprenticed to the joinery trade with Mr Davis, of Church Street, Luton. He was also a member of St Matthew's Church, High Town.

At the time of the 1911 Census,the Andrews family were living at Marsom Terrace [now in St Thomas's Road], Stopsley. William's father was a farm labourer and his mother a midwife. His sisters were Elsie May, Lillian, Olive Joan and Mary Louisa and his brother was Joseph.


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Cpl William John Andrews

Author: Deejaya

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