William Priest

Village memories: Loudwater (picture from SWOP website)

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Private 266437 1st/4th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry
Killed in action on 15th June 1918 aged 19
Remembered with Honour in Boscon British Cemetery
Grave reference Plot 3 Row B Grave 3

William was born to William and Clara in Loudwater in 1899. He was part of a large family living at 2 Sunnyside in 1911 with one elder sister, two younger sisters and four younger brothers. His father was a bricklayer. At that time he was still at school living with his Uncle Samuel Priest and Aunt Emma at Hill View, Sunnyside.
He enlisted in the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry in Aylesbury whilst almost certainly under age but was attached to the 1st/4th battalion despite his age. There is evidence that he was previously enlisted as service number 3875 in the OBLI so his age may have been discovered meaning he re-enlisted later under his second number. Private Priest was killed in action in Italy on 15th June 1918 aged only 19. William is remembered with honour in the Boscon British Cemetery in Italy.

Additional information taken from the Buckinghamshire Remembers website:

Name William S PRIEST
Rank/Number Private 266437
Regiment Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry 1/4th Battalion
Enlisted Aylesbury
Age/Date of death 19 15 Jun 1918
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action Italy
Last known address Loudwater
Cemetery Boscon British Cemetery, Italy
Grave or Memorial Reference Plot 3 Row B Grave 3
Location of memorial Loudwater
Date/Place of birth c1899 Wycombe
Date/Place of baptism
Pre-war occupation of Casualty
Parents William & Clara Priest
Parent's occupation bricklayer
Parents’ Address (last known) 1901: Station Rd, Loudwater
Wife’s Address (last known)
Notes formerly OBLI 3875

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