Debanks, William Herbert

Debanks, William Herbert

Regiment: King’s Hussars (14th)

Rank: Private

Service No: 3744

Boer War service: 2 Jun 1900 to 4 May 1903

Date of enlistment: 16 Jan 1898

Date of discharge: 6 Nov 1904

Reason for discharge: Termination of engagement

Other information: William went on to serve in WW1 in the 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment. He was discharged in 1916 on the grounds of insanity and died in 1917. He is commemorated on the Whitchurch Town Memorial. More information can be found on our Great War site

Born: January 1880 in Bark Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised the following month at Whitchurch United Reform Church.

Family: He was the son of William and Eliza Debanks. He married Anne Brisk in April 1904 in Guildford, Surrey

Residence: In 1881 and 1891 he lived at 3 Bark Hill, Whitchurch.

Employment: He was a bricklayer’s labourer when he enlisted.

Died: 1 June 1917 aged 37 in Bicton Asylum, Shrewsbury having been discharged from the military in 1916 on the grounds of insanity. Buried in Shrewsbury Cemetery in a war grave.

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