READ William Henry T
Regiment : 1st/7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 2614
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 2nd March 1920
Memorial : Kidderminster Milton Hall Baptist Church WW1 Memorial
Credits : Researched by Agnes Owen.
There is no record of this casualty on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.
Enlisted in Kidderminster on 2nd September 1914. Joined the British Expeditionary Force on 31st March 1915
William Read was born in the parish of St George’s, Kidderminster in 1895. He was 19 years old when he enlisted in the army on 2nd September 1914 when he gave his occupation as a printer and his next of kin as his father, William Read, 116 Lorne Street, Kidderminster. William was 5 feet 8 inches tall with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He was passed medically fit for military service. Later medical notes shows he had mitral incompetence (a heart condition) diagnosed in February 1913 following an attack of rheumatic fever. He was sent home from France on 9th May 1916 and discharged on 19th May 1916 as medically unfit due to this condition and its recurring symptoms. Details on his discharge papers state William had blue eyes and resided at 11 Lorne Street, Kidderminster.
The birth of William Henry T. Read is registered in the June Quarter 1895 under the Kidderminster Registration District. The death of William H. T. Read aged 24 is registered in the March Quarter 1920 under the Kidderminster Registration District.