William John Munt


5336 Private William John Munt served with 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). In 1916 the Battalion fought with 54 Brigade, 18th (Eastern) Division, throughout the Somme offensive, at the battles of Delville Wood (July-September), Thiepval Ridge (end of September), and the battles of the Ancre, October and November. John died of wounds on 2 November and was buried in Contay British Cemetery (ref. III. E. 31) on the main road from Amiens to Arras. He must have been buried from either 9th or 49th Casualty Clearing Station, both of which worked at Contay from August 1916 to March 1917.

He was baptised William John Munt in St Mary's on 3 April 1887, the elder of two sons of John Munt, a farm labourer born in Littleworth in 1859, and Fanny nee Dover, also Littleworth-born, in 1863: the couple married in Wheatley on 14 September 1885. In 1901 the family were in Littleworth. The 1911 Census names him simply as John, living with his uncle, Richard Dover, ironstone worker, at 65, Great Park Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, where he too worked in the ironstone quarries. On enlistment, he gave Kettering as his town of residence. See also reference to him in the Wheatley in a World at War chapter.

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