RIFLEMAN 1779 1ST /8TH (ISLE OF WIGHT RIFLES) PRINCESS BEATRICE’S BATTALION.HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT(TERRITORIAL)
KILLED IN ACTION ON THURSDAY 12TH AUGUST 1915 AGED 19YRS
REMEBERED WITH HONOUR HELLES MEMORIAL, TURKEY.
(PANEL 125-134 or 223-226 228-229 &328)
William was the son of Alfred & Nellie Mayo of Sedgemoor Road, Flackwell Heath in Buckinghamshire. Alfred married Nellie Lewis in 1892.
The 1901 Census shows the family with four children, Annie, Emily, William & Albert (Bertie).
The 1911 Census shows the family living at the same address and Alfred is a general labourer, his wife is “a garment sewer” and William is a general labourer like his father. William’s sister Emily and younger brother Bertie are still living at home.
William enlisted at Newport on the Isle of Wight and the Battalion was under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Edward Rhodes who was also the Agent for the Little Marlow Estate.
The Battalion left Liverpool on 30th Jul 1915 bound for the Dardenelles and the shores of Gallipoli. They landed at Sulva Bay on Aug 10th. They saw action on Aug 12th when the attacked at 4.50pm and all went well before the snipers began to pick the men off. There was heavy cross-fire and the casualties increased. They were exhausted from the heat and the sheer weight of a full kit and had to re-group. Seven officers and 150 men were killed or missing. One officer and 140 men wounded. William was one of those killed. He is also remembered on the Little Marlow War Memorial.