(55) Pte G/23762 William BUNDOCK 8th Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). (Westmarsh War Memorial).
William Bundock (‘Bill’ to his friends and family,) was the son of Alfred Mark and Mary Ann Bundock, of Downfield Cottages, at Ware, in Ash. He was born in Canterbury, one of seven children and educated at Westmarsh School. Before the war he worked as a farm labourer in Ash. He enlisted in The Buffs at Canterbury.
His father, Alfred Mark Bundock, died on 12th May 1918.
Bill was killed in action on 2nd September 1918, aged 19. Lieutenant Joseph Hall, the officer commanding ‘B’ Company, wrote to his mother:
“It is with deepest sympathy that I write to you concerning the death of your son Private 23762 Bundock W.J. He was killed last Sunday afternoon whilst manning his Lewis Gun in front of our line, during a patrol action. It will no doubt be of some consolation to you in your sad loss to know he was killed instantly, and so did not suffer. He was a very willing and hard working soldier, always so attentive to his duties, and was one of our expert Lewis Gunners.
"His loss to the Company is a great one, but to you the loss is infinitely greater. I sincerely sympathise with you in your great loss, for I know you have had so much grief and sorrow to bear quite recently [presumably referring to her husband’s death in May]. The commanding Officer wishes me to express to you his deepest sympathy.”
He is commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, near Arras. (Panel 3).