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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Somers, William John Reeves

Corporal William John Reeves Somers
was born in Chichester, Sussex on 7th August 1884.

He was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Somers, of Glenfarg Road, Catford, London, husband of Kate Annie Somers, of 4 Bridge Place, St. James' Road, Croydon. 

Somers appears to have served in the Royal Navy (Pembroke) between 10th October 1900 and 17th September 1901.  He is recorded as having 'a scar of a cut on his left thumb'.

The 1901 English census records Somers as being in the Royal Naval Chatham Dockyard, Kent, England.
Later on, he joined the Belfast Banking Company and worked in Western branch (Shankill Road, Belfast). 

Somers enlisted with a Service Number of 6660.  The National Archives also record a Service Number of 358816.  
He was serving with 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment as a Corporal when he was killed in action on 9th May 1915 in Richebourg L'avoue aged 31.  Somers is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.  There is also a grave in Ilford Cemetery, Essex, England. 

Somers was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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