William James HERAPATH

  • 1911 Occupation                    Gardener ?
  • Domicile                                 Stragglethorpe ?
  • Date of Birth                          1899c, Kensington Middlesex
  • Kin                                           Rebecca and James Herapath of Cotgrave
  • Regiment                                1st/8th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters
  • Division                                   46th (North Midland)
  • Brigade                                    139 Brigade
  • Enlistment Date                     19 November 1914
  • Service Number                     3253
  • Date of Death                         14 Oct 1915, Killed in Action
  • Age at Death                            17
  • Rank                                        Lance Corporal
  • Medals                                    1915 Star
  • CWGC Detail                          Loos Memorial, Panel 87 to 89

The name William James Harapath appears on the Cotgrave War Memorial and on the Memorial Board in All Saints Church Cotgrave. William was born in Kensington to James Herapath, a printer compositor, and Rebecca (nee Malin) a Cotgrave Girl. By 1901, when William was just 2, James had died and Rebecca with her 4 children had moved to Cotgrave to live with her father John and her mother Mary in Mill Town End. John attended school and in 1911 lived with his mother and brother Fredrick in Main Road, Cotgrave. After leaving school he became an under gardener at Cotgrave Place. On 19 May 1913 William was attested into the Territorial Force in Cotgrave to serve for 4 years with the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters with a Regimental number of 1822. On the attestation form his age is written as 17 years although we know that he was actually 15 years old. Sometime between then and November 1914 William was discharged for the Territorial Force because of a rupture. On 19 November 1914 William was once again attested into the Territorial Force at Newark for 4 years with the 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters with a Regimental number of 3253. His age was now shown as 18 and his medical inspection showed him as 5 feet 11 ¾ inches tall with a chest girth of 35 inches. He was then rapidly promoted to Lance Corporal and moved to France arriving in Rouen on 29 June 1915. The battle of Loos started on 25 September and William was Killed in Action on 14 October 1915 aged 17. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

Loos Memorial