Conflict : WW1
Memorial : Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 2 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club
Credits : Researched by Andy Frisby and Sandra Taylor.
Appears on the Supplementary List on the Roll of Honour under Workpeople with the information: 1st Worcs Regt
Although the Roll of Honour records this individual as serving with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, there are various reasons why this information may be incorrect. It is also possible that he may have been a casualty and this fact was not recorded on the Roll of Honour. On this basis, the two following possible individuals are suggested for W. Ambler.
Possibly Private Willie Ambler
14th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service No 15691
Died aged 25 on 6th November 1917
Son of Fred and Annie Ambler, 2 Carlton Terrace, Clayton, Bradford, Yorkshire
Buried in St Julien Dressing Station Cemetery, Belgium, Grave II. K. 24.
Willie Amber was born at Bradford in 1892. He enlisted at Kings Norton and went to the Balkans on 25th March 1915.
Possibly Private William Archibald Ambler
24th Battalion London Regiment
Service No 5917
William Ambler was resident at Balsall Heath in 1901 with his parents William and Rose, older brothers Harry and Alfred and younger sister Dorothy. He was recorded as Archie, probably due to his father also being named William. By 1911 the family (all 6) had moved to 141 Station Road, Kings Heath and Archibald aged 19 was employed as a Clerk for a metal company. He enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps at Birmingham on 17th July 1915, aged 23 years 3 months. William was 5 feet 10 inches tall with grey eyes and dark brown hair. He transferred to 3/1 South Midlands Field Ambulance from 19th April 1916, then to 2/24th London Regiment on 29th May 1916. He served in France from 25th June 1916 to 22nd August 1916. William Ambler was discharged on 24th October 1916 as being no longer physically fit for war service after serving 1 year 100 days.