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11 Sep 1916
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Pte William Dovaston, 3848, 9th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on September 11th, 1916. He was aged 19.
Born at Islington, London, he was the son of Robert William and Caroline Dovaston, of 18 Selbourne Road, Luton. He enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment at the age of 17 and had served in Gibraltar and Egypt before being transferred to the Middlesex Regiment and sent to France.
William was formerly employed by Commercial Cars Ltd and was a member of All Saints Church choir. He played football for the church club.
Both of William's parents had the unusual surname of Dovaston before their marriage in Holborn in 1887. Robert hailed from Manchester and Caroline from Dudley, near Birmingham.