William Kelter Hannant


About William Kelter

  • Name
    William Kelter
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    19 November 1892
  • Birth town
    Honing, Norfolk
  • Resided town
    Honing, Norfolk
  • Commemorated
    VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, France and Honing War Memorial
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    21 September 1918
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Farmer’s son working at home

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Norfolk Regiment


William was one of ten children born to William and Blanche Hannant (nee Kelter) who had their own farm in Honing.  On the 1911 Census, William was listed as a farm hand on his father’s farm.

Private Hannant initially served with the 2/5 Territorial Force Norfolk Regiment before  transferring to the Sussex Regiment, initially the 11th Battalion and then the 16th Battalion.  His exact movements remain unknown until his death in action on 21 September 1918,  at Templeux Switch.  The severity of the battle is reflected in the following extracts from the Battalion War Diary for this day.  ‘The Battalion fought throughout with the greatest gallantry and innumerable cases of exceptional gallantry occurred but very few witnesses remained to give evidence of them… this was a very bad day for the Battalion.  Only 3 Officers and 31 O.R.s got back to our lines in the first instance though several stragglers turned up later.’

William’s name is recorded at the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Harcourt near Arras, suggesting that his body was never found.  He was 25 years old.  He is also commemorated on the War Memorial in his home village of Honing, Norfolk.

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