Private William John Savage

Date of Birth c. 1895
Age at Death 21
Date of Death 17 October 1916
Service Number 2660
Military Service 1st/4th Battalion London Regiment
Merton Address 6 Pitcairn Road, Mitcham
Local Memorial Christ Church, Colliers Wood

Additional Information

William John Savage was the son of Thomas and Eliza Savage who lived at 6 Pitcairn Road Mitcham, Surrey.

The 1911 Census reveals that Thomas at the age of 38 years was employed as a draper’s assistant.
William John was 15 years old and employed as a clerk in a draper’s shop.

His parents had been married for 17 years, the couple had a total of 4 children, and one had died in childhood.

He enlisted in the London Regiment of the Royal Fusiliers and died of his wounds and is buried at the St Sever Cemetery Rouen and is commemorated on the Mitcham War Memorial.

During the First World War, Commonwealth camps and hospitals were stationed on the southern outskirts of Rouen. A base supply depot and the 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters were also established in the city. Almost all of the hospitals at Rouen remained there for practically the whole of the war. They included eight general, five stationary, one British Red Cross, one labour hospital, and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to the city cemetery of St. Sever. In September 1916, it was found necessary to begin an extension. St. Sever Cemetery contains 3,082 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. There is also 1 French burial and 1 non war service burial here. The Commonwealth plots were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.


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