Lance Corporal - Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment - Service No. 14872478
William Alfred Piesley was born on 22nd September 1926 in Strood, Kent. His father was William Piesley, a Printer’s Assistant, and his mother was Emily (née Taylor). The first school that he attended was Northfleet Church of England School.
In 1937 William Piesley joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists William’s address as 5 Council Avenue, Northfleet, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, William was in Cliff House. Younger brother Peter (born 1933) also attended the School.
In 1942 William left the School and later enlisted in the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, becoming a Lance Corporal, Service Number 14872478.
On 30th January 1946 William Piesley was killed at Invicta Lines, Maidstone when a huge oak tree fell on his Nissen hut in a gale whilst he slept. He was 19 years old. He was buried in Northfleet Cemetery on 4th February 1946.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: