7th. Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

William was a member of the Knight family-owners of the Bull Hotel in East Street since 1849.

He was born in 1890, the son of William and Elizabeth and at the time of William’s birth, his father was the   proprietor of the hotel.    William was the first son, following the births of five daughters-Helen, Florence, Lilian, Elsie and Dorothy.

William’s father died in 1900 and his brother George, took over the Bull. William and his family moved to West Allington but initially, his  mother was not with them.  She was in hospital in Staffordshire and a housekeeper looked after the family.

When Elizabeth returned, the family moved to 21 Victoria Grove, Bridport .

Helles Memorial

William did not go into the family business at the Bull. Before the War, he worked as a draper’s apprentice and when war was declared he enlisted with the ‘Glosters’.  The 7th. Battalion was posted to Gallipoli and on August 7th. William  took part in the assault of Chunuck Bair, a hill just inland from Anzac Bay.

1,000 men took part in the attack, but only 181 were left unscathed at the end of the day.

William was not among the survivors.

He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website