Private William Harratt 162617

Soldier Factfile

Name:  Private William Harratt 162617

Date of Birth:  5.11.1888

Address:  Forest Gate, Anstey

Parents Names:   

William Harratt (Quarryman) and Sarah Ann

Occupation before the war:  Quarryman

Siblings Names:

John b.1885  |  Ada b.1887  |  Tom b.1890  |  Hilda b.1894  |  Joseph b.1894  |  George b.1895

Date Died:   7.6.1920

Age:  32

Place of Death:   Forest Gate, Anstey

Place of Burial/Memorial:  Ratby Churchyard, Leics

Cause of death:   Died from wounds post war

Regiment:  Machine Gun Corps


Victory Medal

British Medal


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

  • He is on the War memorial as H. Harratt, but his name was actually William.
  • Married Charlotte Newton, who was born in Clarks Yard, Anstey, in 1917
  • Son, John William born in December 1918 and died December 1919
  • Although William died at Forest Gate Anstey, probably buried at Ratby as that was where his widowed mother and siblings had lived. His mother died 11.5.20, just weeks before William.
  • Two of his brothers died during WW1 – both in 1917 –Tom at Basra and Joseph at Arras.
  • His wife’s brother, John Newton also died during WW1 on 15th May 1917 at Le treport.