Lance Corporal
William George Aylott


About William George

  • Name
    William George
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    22 January 1893
  • Birth town
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Abingdon, Berkshire
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Straw Hat Packer

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    Lance Corporal
  • Regiment
    Royal Engineers


Lance Corporal W G Aylott was serving with the 69th East Anglian Division Royal Engineers when he passed through Peterborough East Station on 6 August 1916.  He wrote in the visitors’ book “once again in dear old Peterborough”.  This reference to Peterborough may have been because second-line Territorial Force units were authorised on 31 August 1914, but it was not until towards the end of 1914 that the 69th (2nd East Anglian) Division, came into existence at Peterborough. Training for war being delayed by the provision of frequent drafts for the first-line units, and by the lack of up-to-date arms and equipment. (

This soldier’s service record has not survived, but it is thought he is William George Aylott who was born in Luton on 22 January 1893 to parents George, a boiler stoker, and Florence (nee Hunt).  In 1901, William (8) was living at 216 Park Street, Luton with parents and sister Edith (9).  William’s mother died in 1902.  In 1911, the family were living at 58 Langley Street, Luton; his father had re-married to Rose and William now had two younger sisters Olive (4) and Doris (2).  Edith (19) is working in a cocoa factory and William George (18) is a straw hat packer.

Details of William’s war service are unknown except that he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of valuable services rendered during the War.  This was reported in the London Gazette of 3 June 1919, this issue was also known as the “Peace Gazette”, as it coincided with the conclusion of the Peace Conference at Versailles.

It is thought that William married Ethel Massey in Leeds in 1917; if correct they may have had two children, Joan ( born 1919) and Derek (born 1924).  A passenger list names W G Aylott and Mrs Aylott arriving at Tilbury from Hong Kong on 11 December 1956, on SS Chusan.  The address given is 51 Salter Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull, and William is listed as a civil servant; the information also indicates that they had been living in Ceylon.

It is thought that William died in 1970 in Abingdon, Berkshire.

Could William be related to you?  Are you able to confirm the above information about William’s life after the war?  Do get in touch if you can help.

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