First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Pte William Henry Sperry 42475

William Henry Sperry fought with the Durham Light Infanry, 15th Batallion. He was the eldest son of William Henry Sperry and Ada Heape. William was born in Leicester in 1898.

He died during the battle of the Somme, on 16/09/1916, the day after the tanks were fist sent in.

William never married and was only 18 when he died, less than a month before his younger brother Leonard Cecil Sperry was born.

William's sacrifice is remembered on the Thiepval memorial and on a plaque where he was formerly employed at the Leicester Tramways and Elictricity Memorial, Abbey Park Road, Leicester.

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