William Horace Lantsbery Dewhirst

View William Horace Lantsbery on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Service number:
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Date of birth:
01 January 1874
Date of death:
07 October 1916
Age at Death:
DEWHIRST William Horace Lantsbery

Known information

William Horace Lantsbery Dewhirst was a Yorkshireman and a pupil at Oakham School between 1886 and 1890. He joined up as a Private in the 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) which was part of 36 Brigade 12th Division. He was killed in action during the fighting for Transloy Ridge during the Battle of the Somme aged 42. The battalion war diary says the Fusiliers were ordered to attack objectives in German trenches known as Bayonet and Barley north-west of Gueudecourt. It records: "The attack was not successful owing to the very heavy casualties suffered through enemy's machine guns and artillery, and owing to the fact that an enemy Relief was taking place at this time with the result that the enemy was at double strength in this part of the line." Thirty-five men were killed, among them William. He does not have a known grave and is remembered on Pier 16A of the Thiepval Memorial as well as in Oakham School Chapel. He was the son of William and Mary Dewhirst of Granby Road, Harrogate. 

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Born 1/1/1874, a Yorkshireman (not a Rutlander).Clerk in a worsted mill.Pier & Face 8c, 9A & 16A of the Thiepval Memorial.His youngest brother (Second Lieutenant Alfred Guy Dewhirst, not an Old Oakhamian) was killed in action on 10th August 1918.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 2:49pm
Born 1893, another Yorkshireman (not a Rutlander).Okam School Rugby Colour and Cricket X1 (photo to come).Bank ClerkGrave photo attached
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 2:52pm
Dewhirst Thiepval Memorial
By BN on Wednesday 18th June '14 at 10:07am

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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