Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
William Edward Lester was baptized at St Leonard’s, Bridgnorth, on 9th September, 1888. He was the son of William Lester, a bricklayer’s labourer, and his wife, Sarah Jane. The family lived on Cartway.
William enlisted in the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry but he died of pneumonia while still undergoing his initial training. He is buried at Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery where he is commemorated on a screen wall.
Private Lester, TR/8/15499, of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was attached to 36th Battalion Training Reserve.
[BMDs] DIED [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 19th January, 1918] LESTER. – On the 8th inst., of pneumonia, at Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Hants, Private W. Lester. Interred in Yardley Cemetery, Birmingham, on Jan. 14th.
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