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William Albert 1053 # 083

William Albert 1053


CWGC record shows:

William Albert Gotts

Serjeant 13447 1st Bn., Grenadier Guards

who died on Wednesday, 21st October 1914. Age 25.


Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Gotts, of 112, Chandos Rd., Stratford, London; husband of E. Docking (formerly Gotts, of 34, Barclay Rd., Walthamstow. Essex.


In 1911 William Albert was already in the Grenadier Guards:

William Albert 1053

Rank: acting schoolmaster sergeant, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards,

age 21 b 1890 Single,  occupation: School assistant, born in Essex -Stratford


So he presumably had enlisted prior to this and was teaching in the Guards school?


In the Soldiers Effects there are two accounts for him. The first lists him as Killed in action near Ypres on 21 Oct 1914 and 5/15/1d was paid to her in January 1915.

The 1st Battalion landed at Zeebrugge in Belgium on 7th October 1914, and according to the Grenadier Guards website he died between 25 & 26th October. So this must have been in one of their first engagements.


04.08.1914 1st Bn was stationed at Warley, London District and then joined the 20th Brigade of the 7th Division and moved to Lyndhurst.


07.10.1914  they were mobilised for war and landed at Zeebrugge and the Division engaged in various actions on the Western Front including the First Battle of Ypres after which only 4 officers and 200 men remained of the Battalion.


The second account of 4/2d is paid to Elizabeth Docking in 1920. His widow, Elizabeth, had married Charles Docking late in 1915, hence the change of name.

His Medal Roll Card shows little extra, except that he was entitled to the clasp to the 1914 star, showing that he had served under fire between August and November 1914.

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