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Death Notice Leggett, William Thomas

William Thomas “Willie” LeggettAge: 23 years18911914

Name
William Thomas “Willie” Leggett
Given names
William Thomas
Nickname
Willie
Surname
Leggett
Birth January 26, 1891 29 19
Birth of a sisterEthel Daisy Leggett
October 19, 1892 (Age 20 months)
Birth of a brotherAlbert George Leggett
May 1, 1895 (Age 4 years)
Baptism of a brotherAlbert George Leggett
August 11, 1895 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherHerbert Horace Leggett
October 25, 1896 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a brotherCecil Reginald Leggett
October 25, 1896 (Age 5 years)
Baptism of a brotherCecil Reginald Leggett
December 25, 1896 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a sisterRuby Caroline Leggett
January 2, 1899 (Age 7 years)
Death of a brotherCecil Reginald Leggett
October 26, 1899 (Age 8 years)
Cause: Whooping-cough
Baptism of a sisterRuby Caroline Leggett
October 2, 1900 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a brotherLeslie Twyman Leggett
February 6, 1901 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a sisterElsie Myrtle Leggett
December 27, 1903 (Age 12 years)
Baptism of a brotherLeslie Twyman Leggett
September 21, 1904 (Age 13 years)
Baptism of a sisterElsie Myrtle Leggett
September 21, 1904 (Age 13 years)
Birth of a brotherPercy Norman Leggett
August 15, 1905 (Age 14 years)
Baptism of a brotherPercy Norman Leggett
March 8, 1907 (Age 16 years)
Birth of a sisterVera Ivy Leggett
November 10, 1907 (Age 16 years)
Baptism of a sisterVera Ivy Leggett
November 19, 1909 (Age 18 years)
Birth of a sisterDaphne Pearl Leggett
August 19, 1911 (Age 20 years)
Baptism of a sisterDaphne Pearl Leggett
December 12, 1913 (Age 22 years)
Death October 14, 1914 (Age 23 years)
Cause of death: Shot by German Soldier
Note: His death is described in [the English translation of] a book by Belgian author Dirk Decuypere, Het …
Death Notice Leggett, William Thomas
Death Notice Leggett, William Thomas

Note: The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 23 December 1914, page 11

Burial 1924 (9 years after death)
Address: Plot 7, Row C, Grave 9
Cemetery: British War Cemetery - Re-Burial
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Marriage: October 25, 1890Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
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Death Notice Leggett, William ThomasWilliam Thomas “Willie” Leggett
Birth: January 26, 1891 29 19Eskbank, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 14, 1914Gheluwe, Belgium
21 months
younger sister
Ethel Daisy Leggett
Birth: October 19, 1892 31 20Junee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 24, 1978Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
Albert George Leggett
Birth: May 1, 1895 33 23Junee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 11, 1947Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
younger brother
Herbert Legget circa 1914Herbert Horace Leggett
Birth: October 25, 1896 35 24Junee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 10, 1978Oak Park, Victoria, Australia
younger brother
Cecil Reginald Leggett
Birth: October 25, 1896 35 24Junee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 26, 1899Junee, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger sister
Ruby Caroline Leggett
Birth: January 2, 1899 37 27Junee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 2, 1986Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
Leslie Twyman Leggett
Birth: February 6, 1901 39 29Junee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 13, 1979Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
Elsie Myrtle Leggett
Birth: December 27, 1903 42 32Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 19, 1984Nowra, New South Wales, Australia
20 months
younger brother
Percy Norman Leggett
Birth: August 15, 1905 44 33Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 12, 1973Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger sister
Vera Ivy Leggett
Birth: November 10, 1907 46 35Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 9, 1993Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger sister
Daphne Pearl Leggett
Birth: August 19, 1911 50 39Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 21, 1968Cooma, New South Wales, Australia

Death
His death is described in [the English translation of] a book by Belgian author Dirk Decuypere, Het Melheur Van De Keizer ÔÇô 1914-1918, published in 1998. German soldiers had entered the village of Gheluwe earlier in the day and had posted sentries in and around the tram station. "It is close to 3pm when Captain Grosvenor, commanding officer of C Squadron, 1st Life guards, enters the village by way of the Dadizelestraat and is informed by civilians about the German presence," Decuypere wrote. "Grosvenor (wrongly) estimates their numbers at 30 or so. He investigates about the enemy positions and divides his squadron in two. "First phase of the attack: to steal up on the sentries as close as possible and eliminate them. "A first group approaches the centre of the village through the Beselarestraat: the advance guard on foot, rifles at the ready, followed by the remainder hanging low behind the necks of the horses. "A second group ÔÇô about 20 ÔÇô leaves all the horses behind, and cautiously follows the tram track alongside Nieuwstraat towards the convent. This track will bring them straight to the tram station: the main target of the attack. "The British are silently sneaking through the ditch towards the bend where the tram lines cross the road. There, the Life Guards jump out and swiftly cross the street, then move on across the Reutelbeke (a brook) and towards the Ieperstraat. The station is just acrossÔǪ "In the centre of the village the first British shots ring out: one of the two sentries at the Caf├® Hert falls to the ground. Sacristan Ghesquiere hears windows smash to pieces and cautiously watches outside. At Albert Vandamme's (now the town hall) he notices a British soldier standing still while 10 other British are warily running alongside the Vrouwstraat bend so as to get into Menenstraat. A vehement 10 minutes' exchange of fire in the latter street follows shortly after. "A thoughful Life Guard who happens to meet up with scared villagers praying in the church at that moment, guides them through the sacristy door to the presbytery. "Also at the station there is intensive gunfire. The Germans are totally surprised and retreat via the farm of Theophiel Ghesquiere (now Zuidstraat 430 and the houses at Vierhoeken (now Voorhoek). "This is the best escape route towards Menenstraat and Menin. Corporal William Leggett is among the pursuing British Cavalrymen who reach the northerly hedge of the farm Ghesquiere when he is hit by a bullet. He spills from his horse and falls into the hedge, while his horse dashes away over the open fields." After the skirmish the British moved on and the Germans returned to take over the village. Leggett was buried along with four dead Germans. In 1924, Leggett's body was moved along with British casualties to Harlebeke New British Cemetery.