William John Bryant was the son of William Bryant & Susannah Ingram. William John was born March Qtr 1874 in Rugby, one of 6 children. He was married to Bertha Woodward in December Qtr 1896 in Rugby. In 1911 he was living at 98 York Street. aged 39 years with his wife Bertha and 6 of their 7 children. and states his occupation as Carpenter and Joiner.
William served as Company Sergeant Major in the 1st/7th Bn Royal Warwicks and received 3 medals: Victory Medal, British Medal & 15 Star. Theatre of War – France. Qualifying date – 22nd March 1915. Therein states “Killed in Action”. Referred to as The Battle of The Somme. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial & Rugby Memorial Gates, also on Old Laurentians Roll of Honour.
On the 1st of July 1916 supported by a French attack to the South, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth Forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic. William took part in this fighting and was killed 25th July 1916 at the age of 42 years.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM