Private William Eaton Bloxam 12571

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Name:  Private William Eaton Bloxam 12571

Date of Birth:  1886


Family: Bradgate Road, Anstey

William: 50, Sylvan Street, Leicester (boarding)

Parents Names:

William Bloxham (a boot and shoe trade heel builder and presser)

Elizabeth Betsy Bloxham

Occupation before the war:  Shoe trade clicker

Siblings Names:  

Joseph Henry b 1873  |  Elizabeth b 1882  |  Alice Matilda b1875  |  Henry b 1890  |

Sarah Ann b 1878

Date Died:   14.5.15

Age:  28

Place of Death:   Northern France

Place of Burial/Memorial:  Le Touret Memorial, France

Cause of death:   Killed in Action

Regiment:  2nd Battalion,  Leicestershire Regiment



Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • William enlisted into the Militia to serve an engagement of 6 years on the 26th January 1903 in Leicester.
  • He gave his place of birth as St. Peter’s, Leicester, his age as 17 years and 7 months and his trade or calling as shoe hand, his present employer being, Messrs. Pickett, Shoe Manufacturer, Anstey, Leicestershire.
  • He gave his home address as Bradgate Road, Anstey, Leicestershire and confirmed that he was unmarried.
  • He gave his father William Bloxam, his mother Elizabeth Bloxam, his younger brother Harry Bloxam, his older sisters, Sarah Ann Bloxam, Elizabeth Bloxam and Alice Venable, all of Bradgate Road, Anstey as his next of kin.
  • His medical examination recorded that he was 5 foot 4¼ inches in height, weighed 116 pounds and he had a chest measurement of between 31½ and 33½ inches. His complexion was described as fresh, his hair colour was dark brown, and he had brown eyes. It was noted that he had tattoo spots on his arm, left forearm and hand.
  • He gave his religion as Church of England.
  • He was pronounced fit for the Militia on the 26th January 1903 in Leicester. His record of service began when he joined the Depot of the Leicestershire Regiment as a Private, service number 8487 on the 26/1/03.
  • Posted to the 3rd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (Militia) and commenced 49 days drill training on the 26/1/03 – 15/3/03.
  • Discharged by purchase on the 11/2/04.
  • He married Ada Sergeant on 11th April 1904.
  • A daughter, Constance Ada was born in 1914, but sadly died in 1920 aged 6 years old.
  • Wife’s address at his death: 4 Mostyn Terrace Leicester

The War Diary records:

14 May-15 – Intermittent shelling by enemy, all weights, during day. Then moved to redoubt LANSDOWNE POST during evening. All settled by 10.00pm.