William Arthur Dann

Rank Corporal
Service No 83213
Date of Death 29/09/1916
Age 20
Regiment/Service Royal Field Artillery "B" Battery. 95th Brigade
Cemetery Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbe, 19 kilometres north-east of Amiens, France. Three casualty clearing stations were located at Heilly at the time of William's death. 2,890 Commonwealth servicemen are buried in the cemetery.


William was born in early 1896 in Stepney, London, to William Aston Underwood Dann (b.1866), a coachman who also went by the name of William Arthur Dann, and his wife Adelina, nee Spurin (1866-1924), who were married at St Paul’s Stratford on 12th August 1887. William had seven siblings; Fred (1887-1911), Dorothy (1891-1934), Adelina (1892-1979), Daisy (b.1893), Maud (1898-1984), Charles (b.1900) and Albert (1902-1957).

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living in East Ham, East London. At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living at 6 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green. William’s occupation is listed as ‘Van Boy’. It is also stated that William and Adeline had had 8 children but only 6 were still living. It is believed they had nine children in total. It appears that soon after the Census, William’s father died as Adelina married Edwin Warren at St John’s Hoxton in January 1913.

William entered the Western Front on 10th September 1915 but soon managed to get some leave to marry Emma Susannah Tatum, aged 25, on 21st November 1915 at St John’s Hoxton. The occupation of both fathers was listed as ‘coachman’. William’s own occupation was recorded as soldier. The marriage register lists William’s age as 21 but he was only 19 at the time.

During the war, William was mentioned in despatches (reports written by a superior officer and sent to the high command) for gallant action in the face of the enemy, though the reason for this is unknown.

In 1916, William’s brigade was in action in the Battles of The Somme, including The Battle of Morval (25th-28th September) in which the Division captured Geudecourt. William died of wounds sustained in the Battle of Morval.

William’s last residence was in Finchley but his address is unknown.