PLEDGER, William

No.592841, Rifleman, William PLEDGER
Aged 30

2nd/18th Battalion, London Regiment (London Irish Rifles)
formerly No.G/21921, Middlesex Regiment
Died of his Wounds Thursday, 15th November 1917

William Pledger was born in Stoke by Clare on 2nd April 1888 (Risbridge Q2-1888 4A:665), baptised in St John the Baptist, Stoke by Clare on 17th June 1888, son of Jane PLEDGER of Wixoe Road, Stoke by Clare. His mother married Harry RAWLINSON in 1890

He was admitted to Stoke by Clare National/Voluntary School in April 1894.

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at Boyton End, Stoke by Clare with his stepfather Harry RAWLINSON [20] farm servant born Poslingford; his mother Jane [22] and half brother Walter E. RAWLINSON [10 months]. All except his stepfather were born in Stoke by Clare.

1901 census...Aged 12, he was "near Yew Tree Farm", Steeple Bumpstead, with his stepfather; mother; half brother Walter E; half sisters Elizabeth [9] and Rose F [3] both sister born in Stoke by Clare.

1911 census...Aged 23, a labourer, he was "near the Post Office", Stoke by Clare with his stepfather, mother, half brother Walter Ernest [20] a labourer; half sisters Rose Florence [13] born Stoke by Clare and Annie [7] born Steeple Bumpstead. Also there were his uncle Thomas PLEDGER [45] and a cousin, Ernest BRUTY [25], both farm labourers born Stoke by Clare.

According to the pension card his mother Jane RAWLINSON lived at 24 Post Office Terrace, Clare

He enlisted in Mill Hill when resident in Enfield.

He died in No 19 General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt. Without his Army records, there is no way of knowing exactly when or where he was wounded. His battalion arrived in Egypt on 5th July 1917.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Pledger is buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt; grave D:214

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