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William Smith Michelson

Biography of Private William Smith Michelson, (27353)
8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 7th October 1917

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William Smith Michelson

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jul – Sept 1882

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



Wife’s Name:
Rosamond Pattison

Date of Marriage:

Place of Marriage:
Bourne District, Lincolnshire

Wife’s Date of birth:

Wife’s Place of Birth:

Wife’s father:
Richard Newton Pattison

Wife’s Mother:
Fanny Kettle

Margaret Elsie Michelson, 1910, Bourne
William Cecil Michelson, 1913, Bourne
Louis Arthur Michelson, 1914, Bourne
Clarence Ernest Michelson, 1915, Bourne


Father’s Name:

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:

Father’s Occupation:

Mother’s Name:
Sarah Jane Michelson

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
William Smith Michelson, 1882, Bourne

1891 Census:
William is living with his mother in his grandfathers house in Star Lane, Bourne, Lincolnshire.

1901 Census:
William had not been found yet.

1911 Census:
William is living with his mother and step father in Eastgate, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 28 and he is listed as a farm labourer.

Relatives in services:
William’s brother-in-laws who also fought in WW1 but only Ralph was killed. Ralph can be found on our page dedicated to the Bourne War Memorial.

Newspaper MentionsGrantham Journal Saturday 27th October 1917
WAR NOTES – Official notification has been received during the week of the death of three Bourne “boys”. Pte John Albert Victor Bosley, of the Australian Imperial Forces, was killed on October 4th. He was in Australia at the time of outbreak of war and joined the forces in the Colonies in March 1916 after having been twice rejected. He was in training in Australia for six weeks, afterwards being transferred to Salisbury Plain, where, after four months further training, he was drafted abroad. Another notification was in respect of Pte. Arthur Thornton, who was formerly in the employ of Messrs. T.W. Mays and Sons. Ltd. and was of such fine physique as to be acceptable for the Life Guards. The third notification was that of Sergt. Major Stephen Kettle, who was quite recently home on leave. Deceased was well known at Bourne and was in the Amy prior to the outbreak of war. Official notification has also been received that Pte. William Michelson, of Bourne, is missing. The news was received on Friday, the information being forwarded to his wife.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Private William Smith Michelson, 27353 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 7th October 1917 in the Western European Theatre.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
William’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

UK:Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private William Smith Michelson, 27353, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 7 October  1917.
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial.

More information:

Tyne Cot Memorial gate

Military Service Timeline:

Enlisted in Bourne