William George Minton

Census Address: 7 St Mary's Street
Place of Birth: Newport, Monmouth
Date of Birth: 1896
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7 St Marys Street, Stamford

William George Minton was born in 1896 in Newport, Monmouthshire. In 1901 he was living in Kidderminster with his father George Henry, manager of a clothiers shop, his mother Edith and sister Doris. His mother died and his father married Leonora, born in Bombay and they had three more children.

Only the youngest born in 1911 was born in Stamford, where his father had set up as a tailor in 7 St Mary’s Street.

William was educated at Stamford Endowed school. He was a boy scout and a chorister in St Mary’s church choir. After leaving school he was employed in a clothier’s establishment in Liverpool.

He enlisted as a private in the 6th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, which was raised in 1914. His regimental number was 10187.

He sailed for Gallipoli in July 1915. He was injured with many of his battalion in the Suvla landings of 6th August 1915 and died on the 9th of August in Canakkale, Turkey. His name is on the Helles Memorial, he received the Star and Victory medals.

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My grandmother, Esmeralda Minton, was William George's elder sister, and she, too, was born in Newport. She became a nurse during the 1st WW. I have never been able to trace Doris, but I did meet their half-sisters, Edith and Irene, and their half-brother, Denis.