Service Number 224993
Battalion Experimental Station Wembley
Regiment Royal Engineers
William Robert Tranmer was born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, in 1891, the son of John and Mary Jane Tranmer. By 1911, William was living with his parents and sister, Mary Elizabeth Irene Tranmer at 13 Glenalmond Road, Eccleshall, Sheffield where William gave his occupation as 'learning the trade of florist and nurseryman'.
On the 12th December 1915, William attested for military service and gave his address as Alma House, Collingham. He then went into the reserve and was not mobilised until the 19th March 1917 when he joined the Royal Engineers with a service number of 224993. He first went to B Reserve company Royal Engineers before a posting to the Special Brigade Depot and Experimental Station No. 1 in Wembley. He remained there throughout his service being promoted to Lance Corporal on the 8th October 1918. He was finally discharged on the 31st March 1919 as 'No longer physically fit for War Service' under paragraph 392 clause xvi of King's Regulations and was awarded a Silver War Badge.
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 27795
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
First World War British Army Service Records. The National Archives (WO363).
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