William John Cecil CHINN

William Chinn

William was born at Fengate in 1898, the son of William Edward Chinn (a groom) and Alice Louisa, née Johnson. By 1911 the family had moved from Fengate to the Garden Lodge of Weeting Hall. William senior was then a bricklayer's labourer. William junior enlisted in the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment Norwich and was sent to France on 12th May 1915. His time there was very short, as he died of wounds on 20 June 1915, as reported in the Thetford & Watton Times of 3rd July 1915:

The sad intelligence was conveyed in a letter from a nursing sister in France to the rector, rev Dr J H Srawley, that Private William John Cecil CHINN, only child of Mr & Mrs W E CHINN of Weeting had died of wounds received in battle on June 18th. The deceased had only been at the front six weeks and was in the 1st Norfolks. At Weeting he was a general favourite. For 4 years he was a Boy Scout and a member of the church choir. The officiating clergyman at the Sunday service read a letter from the rector, who is on holiday, expressive of his and the parishioners sympathy with the bereaved parents., who have been the recipients of several letters of sympathy and a telegram from Mrs Hall of Weeting Hall, who is absent from the parish. Previous to enlisting deceased was employed at the Hall gardens.

He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord).

1914 -15 Star

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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