William Edward Venn

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
 —  Worcestershire Regiment, 10th Bn. attd. Royal Engineers, 82nd Field Coy.  (Attached)
 —  Worcestershire Regiment, 10th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord
Plot: 3
Row: D
Grave: 286

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Private William E. Venn ( 10th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, 57th Brigade, 19th Western Division ) died of his wounds on the 30th of July 1917, which he sustained while being attached to the 82nd Field Company Royal Engineers ( F.C.R.E. ) ( Divisional Troops, 19th Western Division ).
At the beginning of July 1917, the 82nd F.C.R.E. were based in the area of Heuvelland ( nowadays a municipality consisting of eight villages ) to reinforce their positions and the area which they gained after the successful Battle of Messines ( 7th – 14th of June 1917 ).
While part of their job had strategic purposes ; such as the screening of the Dome House – Oosttaverne Road, the prolongation of Oar Avenue and the completion of an aid post in Denys Wood ( all located north of Oosttaverne, a hamlet east of Wijtschate ); they also had to build some recreational facilities ; such as a tennis court at the officers’ club at Loker and a cinema hub near Kemmel.
We know that Private Venn died of his wounds, but it remains unclear when, where and how he got wounded.
It might be possible that Private Venn got wounded on the 30th of July by an aeroplane bomb and died afterwards, but we suspect not, as in the war dairies they make a clear distinction between the soldiers that are wounded and those who died of their wounds each day.
Therefore we presume that he got wounded while constructing the military structures north of Oosttaverne, probably just a few days before the 30th of July, and was brought to one of the Casualty Clearing Stations ( C.C.S. ) at Bailleul, France.
Private William E. Venn is buried at Bailleul Cemetery Extension Nord, France.

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" The Nineteenth Division 1914-1918 ", Wyrall E., Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press, 2002, pg. 88-97.
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" The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War ", Stacke H.F., Uckfield, The Naval & Military Press, pg. 268-271.
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Further reference
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The Long Long Trail
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War Diary Royal Engineers, 82nd Field Coy.
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War Diary Worcestershire Regiment, 10th Bn.
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