WW1 Memorial Plaque. DeBussey. Shoesmith born Massachusetts USA, lived Leeds. Sole issue

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Memorial Plaque named to William DeBussey

From research, we discover this to be awarded to the family of William Gregory DeBussey.

William was born in Stowe, Massachusetts USA in September 1883.

We find him in 1911 living at 16 Nineveh Crescent, Holbeck, Leeds and working then as a cloth warehouseman.

In 1914, he is found now living at 23 Normanton Terrace, Beeston, Leeds.

He volunteered for service in November 1915 but was unfit for military service but was retained on important duties as a shoesmith. He was deployed at various stations throughout the UK. He is found to have a service number for the Labour Corps as 457466 but no medal entitlement is confirmed.

We found out he has a brother serving as an officer in the RFC who died in Germany in 1916.

It appears William died suddenly on 8/11/1918 from flu during the global epidemic in 1918.  He was married to Edith.

He is remembered on the Armley War Memorial.

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