William was the eldest of the two sons of George Budd and Mary Ann Javes that are featured on this website. Married in 1883 George was a Government Labourer living on Beacon Hill so he probably worked on the land around Caesar’s Camp and Tweseldown Racecourse.
William was born in early 1889 in Ewshot and in the 1891 Census of England was with his parents and sisters Frances and Mary living at Beacon Hill, Ewshot. His maternal grandparents lived two doors away.
In the 1901 Census the family was still at Beacon Hill with some children with George and Mary Ann and others with their widowed grandmother who still lived next door but one.
In the 1911 Census William was at home with the family at Beacon Hill but by now his occupation was listed as a Groom.
I am unable to discover when William enlisted in the Army but from his medal information he was in France in 1915. We do know that G564 Private William Budd of 6th Battalion The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment was killed in action on 3rd July 1916.
Having no known grave he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 5D and 6D. The memorial is situated just outside the village of Thiepval, on the road to Albert and contains the names of 72,000 South African and UK soldiers, 90% of whom were killed between July and November 1916. On July 1st 1916 a huge force of Allied troops began a major push on this sector of the Somme but despite being targeted by a large artillery bombardment the German positions were hardly touched and Allied losses were horrendous. War diaries for the 3rd July show that the 6th Battalion suffered badly with 10 of 18 Officers and 254 NCOs and men being killed by machine gun fire whilst storming German trenches.
William was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
His younger brother Samuel died 3 months later.