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William White Rendell


Name: William White Rendell

Rank: Private

Service Number: T4/199677

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps

Battalion/Unit number: 22nd Company

Date/year of Birth: 1880

Place of Birth: Unknown

Place of Residence: 9 Savile Place, Clifton, Bristol

Date of Death: 23rd October 1916

Place of Death: France

Burial/Memorial: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

William was the son of Robert and Sarah and in 1881 the family were living at 35 Bridge Street with William aged 1.  Robert was a glass and china dealer.  Ten years later the family were at the same address with two more children, Catherine and Robert.  By 1901 William was working as a clerk in a timber merchants and lodging with Mary Knapp, a widow, and her daughter May.  In 1911 William had risen to be a timber importer's foreman and was still with the Knapps, now at 5 West Mall, Clifton.  The following year, 1912, William and May married in Bristol.

William enlisted in Bristol in the RASC and died of pneumonia, aged 36, in October 1916.  The Army Service Corps was responsible for transporting stores and supplies, acting as the main supply line to the infantry and artillery brigades at the front.  The 22nd Company was attached to the 3rd Division, which served on the Western Front throughout the war, and through the summer of 1916 William would have assisted in supporting the troops fighting in the Battle of the Somme.



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