Roll of Honour

Private William Egerton

Linked to: Bicester

Service Number: 28677

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment (11th)

Conflict: World War One

Date of Death: 23rd May 1917

Age at Death: 19

Burial/Memorial Location: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Address: 67 North Street, Bicester

"Official news has been received by his parents of the death in action of Pte. William Egerton of the 11th Royal Warwicks. A letter from the Records Office Warwick says that he was killed in action on 23rd May last. The following letter has reached the deceased soldier’s parents from an officer who apparently witnessed his death.
“It is with very much regret that I have to tell you that your son was killed during the recent fight of the regiment in the trenches. Pte. Egerton was sitting in the shelter of the trench one afternoon when a German shell hit the shelter, causing it to collapse at once. Your son was killed at once, either by the falling of the shelter or by the actual shell, and his death must have been instantaneous and painless. Everyone who knew your son while he was with the battalion wishes to express sympathy with you in your loss. He was a great favourite with all his comrades, and a good soldier; we share your regret and sorrow at your sudden loss. (Signed) 2nd Lieut. Wilson.”
Pte. Edgerton was 19 years of age, and joined the army in January last. He was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs J.E. Waddup, of North Street, and had only been in France nine weeks." Bicester Advertiser 08/06/1917