MENDHAM, William Edward

No. 12777, Lance Corporal, William Edward MENDHAM
Aged 23

8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday, 31st May 1917

William Edward MENDHAM was born in Soham on January 12th 1894 (Mildenhall Q1-1894 4A:534), baptised in Soham on 7th February 1894, son of Robert James and Emma Mary MENDHAM (née FULLER), at the time of Clay Street, Soham.

1901 census...Aged 7, he was at Main Street, West Row with his father Robert Mendham [37] a shepherd born Barton Mills; his mother Emma [32] born Exning; brothers Robert [11] born Snailwell and Percy [4] born Mildenhall; sisters Florence [9] born Soham and Ellen [1] born Mildenhall.

His father died in 1908.

1911 census... Aged 17, a farm labourer, he was in West Row with his widowed mother, sister Ellen; brothers Percy (shepherd) and Albert [8] born Mildenhall. One sibling had died.

His younger brother Percy died in Belgium exactly 2 months later see here

and brother Robert died in WW2, in 1940 see here

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The 8th Suffolk from camp in the Heninel area on 27th had working parties in the front line, suffering light casualties each day, seven on 31st May

CWGC records that the 8th Suffolks had 3 men killed that day.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Mendham is commemorated on the Arras memorial, bay 4
and also on the war memorial in Mildenhall

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details