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Date of Birth
23 Jan 1883
Date of Death
26 Nov 1919
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William Fensome was born on 23rd January 1883 in Luton to Henry & Matilda.
In 1900 William joined the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. He is described on his service record as 5ft 4 inches tall with a fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair. He has many scars on his body including burns to his chest. He was working as a moulder in an iron factory & living at 14 Round Green. He spent 6 years with the Bedfordshire Regiment.
On 13th April 1903 William married Rose Poulton.
In 1911 he is 29 years old & living at 31 Charles Street with his wife & their young family. Rose 27, is working from home as a straw hat machinist whilst looking after Sidney Charles, 4 & 2 year old Lillian Rosa. They also have 2 boarders living with them, Emily Boulton a 53 year old widow & Fred Parson a 63 year old widower, both are working as straw hat machinists & finishers at home with Rose.
When war broke out he rejoined the colours on 29th December 1914 leaving Rose living at 24 Duke Street with 4 children as John William was born in 1912 & Queenie Edith born in 1914. Their youngest son George was born in 1915.
On 17th December 1917 William was discharged from the army with a pension as no longer fit for war service.
He had survived the war, but died of influenza on 26th November 1919. He is buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.