Biography of Private William Sharpe (42786)
17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Died 3rd September 1918


  • Name: William Sharpe
  • Date of birth: 1890
  • Place of Birth: Basyon, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1890
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Thomas Sharpe
  • DOB: 1845
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farm labourer


  • Name: Eliza Allam
  • DOB: 1852
  • Place Of Birth: Essendine, Rutland, England
  • Marriage: 9th October 1873 Baston, Lincolnshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Mary J Sharpe, 1874, Baston
  • Elizabeth A Sharpe, 1875, Baston
  • Francis E Sharpe,1877, Baston
  • Emma Sharpe, 1879, Baston
  • George W Sharpe, 1884, Baston
  • Kate Sharpe, 1884, Baston
  • Thomas Sharpe, 1888, Baston
  • John Sharpe, 1889, Baston
  • William Sharpe, 1890, Baston
  • Gertrude May Sharpe, 1894, Baston
  • Plus 2 more whose names is unknown taken from the 1911 census


  • 1891: William is living with his parents at Thetford Lane, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: William is living with his parents at Thetford Lane, Baston, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: William is living with his Aunt and Uncle in Back Street, Morton, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 21 and he is listed as a moulders labourer.
Relatives in services

  • None found


  • No marriage for William has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.
Newspaper Mentions

  • None found

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private William Sharpe, 42786, 17th Bn Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment was killed in action on 3rd September 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Mother Eliza


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Baston, Roll of Honour in St John the Baptist Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private W Sharpe, 42786, 17th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 3 September 1916 Age 22
  • Son Thomas and Eliza Sharpe, Of Baston, Peterborough.
  • Remembered with honour, Serre Road Cemetery No 1.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • 17th February 1916 Enlisted in Marker Deeping
  • 31st July 1916 Embarked for B. E. F
  • 26th August 1916 Joined Battaloin in the field
  • 3rd September 1916 Missing in the field
  • 3rd Sptember 1916 Regarded for official purposes as being dead


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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