Woolfe 'William' Delmonte

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Hoxton, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

General information

Publishing Clerk

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Stratford, Essex, England, United Kingdom
 —  London Regiment, 1/20th Bn. (Blackheath and Woolwich)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Westhoek, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Plot: II
Row: F
Grave: 11

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 18/04/1921
Victory Medal
Medal — 18/04/1921

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

William Delmonte was born in April 1898 in Hoxton, Middlesex, as Woolfe Delmonte. He was the son of Judah ‘Joseph or Henry’ Delmonte and Elizabeth Ann Hubbard. William attended the Haggerston Road School and the Stafford Road School. After his studies William took up a job as publishing clerk.

By the time of the Battle of Passchendaele, William had enlisted in the British Expeditionary Force. He served with the London Regiment 1/20th Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), part of the 141th Brigade, of the 47th (2nd London) Division.

On 21 August 1917 William’s Battalion relieved the 1/18th Battalion London Regiment in the frontline near the hamlet of Westhoek, roughly between Sans Souci and the Polygon Wood, in front of the Hanebeek Valley. Relief was completed during the night of the 21st. But during the relief the Battalion suffered about twelve casualties, possibly due to German shellfire.

William was one of them. The barely 19-year-old Private was evacuated to the hinterland, but succumbed to his wounds. William was buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, where he was buried alongside, 16-year-old, George Thomas Brewster, also of the 1/20th London Regiment. Both boys died on the same day, which may indicate that they were both mortally wounded during the relief.

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Further reference
Sources used
The Long, Long Trail
Sources used
War Diary 141st Bde.
Further reference
War Diary London Regiment, 1/20th Bn. (Blackheath and Woolwich)
Further reference