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William John Lansdell

William John Lansdell

Male 1881 - 1917  (36 years)

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  • Name William John Lansdell  [1
    Census 1881  10 Gillespie Terrace, London, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alt. Birth 1881  Islington, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 30 Jan 1881  Finsbury Park, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Census 1891  Aston, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • He was living with his great-aunt and her husband, Ann Nicholes and Thomas Aylott.
    Occupation Bef 1899  [4
    Porter and clerk on the Midland Railway 
    Military Between 1899 and 1903  [3, 4
    Private, Royal Marines Light Infantry 
    • He enlisted on 5 April 1899 in Nottingham. His service number was 10259. It appears he converted from the Church of England to Wesleyan Methodism during his service in 1902. At the age of 18, he was just under 5 foot 7 with a fresh complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He had scars on his right eyebrow, the back of his head and inside his right knee. By the age of 22, his height had increased to 5 foot 8½ and he was able to swim. He was awarded the China Medal 1900 for service during the Boxer Rebellion and was paid the China Grant 1900 for wounds. He served on HMS Terrible, HMS Phoenix (at the North West Fort, Taku), HMS Glory (for Weihei Wei) and HMS Goliath. He was discharged on 5 November 1903 for the payment of £70.

      More information about the campaign can be found on the Royal Marines Bands website.
    Census 1901  North West Fort, Taku, China Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • He was part of the contingent of the Royal Marines Light Infantry on the sloop HMS Phoenix which, under the command of William H Nicholson, was stationed at Sinho, Peiho River, North China on the night of 31st March 1901, but he and some colleagues were at the Fort rather than on board. (There is a picture of HMS Phoenix on this website).
    Occupation Bef 1915  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Clerk 
    World War 1 Between 1915 and 1917  [5, 6, 7
    7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment) 
    • His attestation was dated 3rd November 1915. He gave his next of kin as his sister, Mrs Bull of 29 High Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England, but she was identified as his mother. His regimental number was 629820.

      His apparent age was 35, his height 5 foot 10", and his chest measurement when fully expanded was 41" with 3" expansion. He was described as of a fresh complexion, with hazel eyes and iron grey hair. His religion was stated as Church of England. He had three vaccination marks on his left arm, a scar on his right eyebrow and a scar inside his left thigh. He was declared medically fit for service in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.

      His date of death corresponds with the 7th battalion's engagement at the Battle of Hill 70 in 1917. He is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Monument but has no known grave.
    Died 15 Aug 1917  Battle of Hill 70, near Lens, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Person ID I2474  Main Tree
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2018 

    Father John Seymour Lansdell,   b. 10 Dec 1850, Horsmonden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1886, Islington Registration District, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Jane Bennett,   b. 1859, Luton, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1921, Hackney Registration District, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1878  Islington Registration District, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F558  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S106] 1881 British Census and National Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (1999 (CD-ROM), 2002 (Website - www.familysearch.org);), RG 11/258 f.25 p.43 (Reliability: 3).
      10 Gillespie Terrace, London, Middlesex
      John Seymour Lansdell, Head, M, 30, Lamp Lighter (GN Rail), Horsmonden Kent
      Mary Jane Lansdell, Wife, M, 22, Luton Bedfordshire
      Emily Ellen Jane Lansdell, Daur, 2, Islington Middlesex
      William John Lansdell, Son, 2m, Islington Middlesex
      Elizabeth Turner, Wife, M, 48, Charwoman, Islington Middlesex


    2. [S107] 1891 Census Returns of England and Wales, General Register Office, (5 April 1891;), RG 12/1109 f.8 p.10 (Reliability: 3).
      Aston, Hertford - Village (4 rooms)
      Thomas Aylott, Head, M, 67, Shoemaker, Neither Employer nor Employed, Herts Walkern
      Ann N. Aylott, Wife, M, 67, Herts Hitchin
      William J. Lansdell, Nephew, 10, Scholar, Middlesex Finsbury Park
      Edward G. Wilsmore, Boarder, S, 24, Police Constable, Employed, Essex Great Wigborough


    3. [S108] 1901 Census Returns of England and Wales, General Register Office, (31 March 1901;), RG 13., RG 13/5330 f.4 and f.11 p.14 (Reliability: 3).
      His Majesty's Ship "Phoenix", Sloop, Commander William H. Nicholson, China, Sinho, Peiho River, North China
      List of the Officers, Crew, Royal Marines and of all other person in North West Fort, Taku on the night of Sunday, March 31st, 1901
      William J Lansdell, Member of Garrison, Single, 20, Private, R.M.L.I., Finsbury Park, London, Nil


    4. [S373] Royal Marines Service Records, The National Archives, ADM 159/17 (Reliability: 3).
      William John Lansdell; Service No.10259; Date of birth: 30 Jan 1881; Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London; Trade: Porter * Clerk Midland R'l'y; Religion: 25.8.02 Church of England [crossed out] Wesleyan; Enlisted: 5 April 1899, Nottingham [age] 18.2 7/30; Next of kin: MJ Jane, Ivy House, Mare St, Hackney, London [address crossed out] Address as below - 29 High St, Melton Mowbray; On enlistment: 5ft 6 9/10 in; fresh complexion, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, scars on right eyebrow, back of head and inside right knee; On final discharge: Same, except 5ft 8 1/2 in; Able to swim; Awarded China Medal 1900; Wounds: China Grant 1900 paid; Served on Terrible; Phoenix for NW Fort Taku; Glory for Weihei Wei; Goliath; Discharged: 5 Nov 03 Paid £70

    5. [S96] Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Records, (www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/cef/index-e.html;), Lansdell, William John, 629820, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5386 - 25, attestation papers (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S114] Debt of Honour Register, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, (www.cwgc.org;).
      commemorating William John Lansdell, Private, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment); date of death: 15/08/1917; service no.629820; listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Monument, Pas de Calais, France

    7. [S97] Canadian Expeditionary Force War Diaries, Library and Archives Canada, (www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020152_e.html;), 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, August 1917, pp.34-41 (Reliability: 2).
      The war diaries do not mention William Lansdell by name, but they place the 7th Battalion of the Canadian Infanty at the Battle of Hill 70 on 15 August 1917. There were many casualties - of 639 other ranks, 429 were killed, missing or wounded during three days of fighting.

      See Wikipedia for further information about the Battle of Hill 70.

    8. [S113] Civil Registration Marriage Indexes, General Register Office, (1837-;), marriages of John Seymour Lansdell and Mary Jane Bennett share reference Islington 1b 338, June quarter 1878 (Reliability: 3).