Born: 1889, Ipswich.

Died: 28th June 1916; age 26; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 27th April 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 9332.

Regiment: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War + Clasp.


Grave Reference:

Plot 1. Row G. Grave 5,

Bertrancourt Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Mrs. A. Knights, of 6, St. Margaret’s Plain, Ipswich.






1891   31, Ernest Street, Ipswich, Suffolk.


William was a year old and living with his mother & sister

Alice Drake, 23, a Tailoress; born Ipswich, Suffolk.

Caroline Rose Drake, 2, born Ipswich.

Alice and her young family were living with her step-mother Caroline Smith and Caroline’s sister.


1901   5, Berner’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk.


William was 11 years old and living with his mother & brother

Alice Drake, 32, a Stay Binder.

Harry Webb Drake, 3, born Ipswich.

Alice was the lodger to William Webb, 40, a Brick and Sand Carrier.

1 other lodger.


1911   Military Barracks, Channel Islands.


William was 22 years old and a Soldier in the 2nd Battalion of The Kings Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) his rank was Private.


Soldiers’ Effects to Miss Martha Brady.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.


King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 1st Battalion:


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