William Pryor Humphrey (1888–1918), 2nd Lieutenant (2810) in the 1st/4th Battalion the (City of London) London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), formerly Private (2810) of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, was killed in action on 27 May 1918 and his body was buried in Dainville British Cemetery (Plot I. C. 12), France.

William was born in 1888 in Royston, Hertfordshire. He was the eldest of the eight children of William James Humphrey and Mary Elizabeth Humphrey (née Harradine). His father first trained as a miller but then became a harness maker. The family moved around from Royston to London and then settled in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. William became a painter and moved to Cambridge, where he married Winifred Annie Clark in 1918. William’s younger brother, Frank Charles Humphrey, married Winifred’s younger sister, Florence Kate Clark.

William joined the Cambridgeshire Regiment as a Private but was transferred to the 1st/4th Battalion the (City of London) London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), and he was promoted to Second Lieutenant. He died on 27 May 1918 in France. He was entitled to the Victory medal, the British War medal and the 1915 Star.

Humphrey grave
Humphrey monument



Lat Lon : 52.202408, 0.13659822 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

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War Graves Photographic Project
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England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
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UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
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By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

William Pryor Humphrey