Chatteris WW1 Soldier William Alfred Flatt (17058). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Private William Alfred Flatt 17058 1st Battalion Northumberland Fussiliers Died 16 June 1915 William Alfred Flatt, son of Jonathon Flatt, was born on 6 January 1883 in Methwold, Norfolk. In 1911, Aged 29, he was already a widower and was a horse keeper at Normoor Farm in Chatteris, boarding with the Kirby family at the farm. William enlisted in Chatteris and served in the 1st Bn Northumberland Fussiliers. William died on 16th June 1915 in the Battle of Bellawaarde, part of the Ypres salient. Over 1000 men died in this battle on this day alone. William is listed amongst those killed from “Z Company” of the 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. The war diary gives some detail as to the days events: Z Co. Under Lieutenant E.E. Dorman-Smith was in support on the left in Railway Wood. The artillery started the bombardment at 2.50 hrs and with two pauses continued until 04.15 hrs, the time laid down for the attack to commence. The enemy soon replied at first with shrapnel, later with heavy shell. German fire was mostly directed at Railway Wood and a certain proportion of gas shells were fired. A number of casualties were caused by the divisions own artillery as the enemy trenches were so close. At 4.15am the attack was launched and the forward companies successful captured the front and second line trenches. Z company was in support and followed to the German front line trench but many casualties were caused due to German shell fire. Some of the remaining Z company then advanced to hold a line to the West of Bellewaarde Farm but were exposed to machine gun fire and sniping. The battalion found themselves outflanked and exposed and retired to the original German frontline trench before being relieved. William was killed at some point during this battle. His body was never found. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres. For more information see http://bellewaarde1915.co.uk/. Chatteris Remembers File Contains: • CWGC certificate • Soldiers Died Document • 1911 Census • Photograph of name on Menin Gate • 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers Diary extract taken form http://bellewaarde1915.co.uk/. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
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