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William Henry Standing

STANDING, William Henry

William Henry Standing was born in Camberwell, London in 1888 to Richard John Standing and Elizabeth Sarah Sharpe. He was the eldest of their twelve children, only seven of whom were alive in 1911. Richard Standing was a House Decorator and in the 1911 census William, then aged twenty-three, also gave the same occupation. The family lived at various addresses in Camberwell and it was there that William married Elsie Martha Dickinson in 1913. They had three children, Lilian in 1914, Richard in 1916 and Dorothy in early 1918, and they lived in nearby Dulwich.

It is not known when William Standing enlisted in Camberwell or in what unit. Different record transcripts state The Rifle Brigade or the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, with different service numbers. At some stage he transferred to the Essex Regiment and in October 1918 he was with the 1/8th Battalion which had moved to Ireland in February of that year. Presumably returning home on leave, he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th. He did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered and he was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin.



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