Rank Captain
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 28/05/1915
Age 29
Regiment/Service

London Regiment (City of London Rifles) 6th Battalion

Cemetery Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

 

 

William Leslie Booth was born to Edward (1860-1937) and Henrietta Louisa Booth, nee Mills (1857-1927) in Finchley in 1886. Although the family were living in Nottingham in 1891 (Edward was born in Eastwood, just 8 miles from the city), they returned to Finchley, where they would remain until the end of the war. William had four siblings: Dorothy (b. 1883), Marjorie (1884-1962), Howard Edwin (1888-1962) and Arthur Maynard (b.1889).

In 1901 the family were living at 1 Hendon Lane, Finchley and in 1911 at Rosebank, Regents Park Road, Finchley. By now William was an articled clerk to an auctioneer surveyor and Arthur was an accountant. Their father's occupation was 'agent (coal)'.

William became a chartered accountant and married Daisey Maud Harter (born 18 Nov 1893) on 11th September 1913 at Bushey Parish Church in Hertfordshire, following the reading of banns of marriage at St Luke's Finchley on 3rd, 10th and 17th August. The couple had one daughter, Winifred, who was born at Hillside Road, Bushey, on 6th December 1914. William was appointed a Captain in the Territorials on 21st October 1911 and on 5th August 1914 he transferred to 6th (City of London) Battalion, the London Regiment (Rifles).

William died at the Military Hospital in Boulogne on 28th May 1915 of wounds received at Festubert on 22nd May. From October 1914 to the end of the war, Boulogne formed one of the chief hospital areas. The War Office granted Daisey a widow's pension of £100 a year and a £250 gratuity and Winifred a gratuity of £83 6s 8d and a compassionate allowance of £18 a year until disqualified. This was soon increased to £124 a year. At the time of his death, the family were living at 6 Cedar Court, The Drive, Finchley. Probate records show that William left his widow £338 15s 2d.

His brother, Arthur, was killed 25 days before him and is also remembered on the St Luke’s memorial.

Dorothy (b. 1883), Marjorie (1884-1962), William Leslie (1886-1915), and Howard Edwin (1888-1962).