BANTICK, William John

No.10058, Private, William John BANTICK
Age unknown

2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Killed in Action on/since 8th November 1914

William John Bantick was the adopted son of Frederick Herbert and Laura BANTICK (believed to be Laura COOKE m.1891).

1891 census...not found

1901 census...not found His foster-father, Frederick Herbert Bantick [40] a fowl dealer/hawker born Ixworth and foster mother Laura BANTICK [47] born Ixworth, were at Greyhound Lane, Ixworth. They had 2 lodgers of unknown birth place, John BALLS [6] and Ernest PRYKE [2]

1911 census...none of them found

On the pension card his mother was at Stow Road, Ixworth

It would appear to be an insurmountable problem resolving William John Bantick's civilian identity. The Bury Free Press article is helpful up to a point, but there is no way a boy born 1895 ( pointing to being John BALLS), could have joined the Army and served several years in South Africa before returning in 1911. He certainly was a regular or Reservist in the Army merely by the fact of being killed so early in the war and having the clasp to his 1914 Star, again indicative of the existence of relatives post 1919 who claimed his clasp.

The war diary has :-
8 Nov 1914 - Chateau Rossignol, Ploegsteert Refitting. At 2.5 p.m. marched out to PLOEGSTEERT & were in Reserve to Colonel Butler. Occupied dugouts near Chateau ROSSIGNOL.

CWGC has 24 of the battalion being killed on 8th November, only 3 of them with known graves.

photo Rodney Gibson

William Bantick is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium panel 4

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