Biography of Private William Smith Michelson, (27353)
8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 7th October 1917


  • Name: William Smith Michelson
  • Date of birth: 1882
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1882
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: Unknown
  • DOB: Unknown
  • Place of Birth: Unknown
  • Occupation: Unknown

  • Name: Sarah Jane Michelson
  • DOB: 1858
  • Place Of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage:
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • William Smith Michelson, 1882, Bourne


  • 1891: William is living with his mother in his grandfathers house in Star Lane, Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • 1901: William is living with the Rastall Family iin Keisby Lodge, Keisby, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 17 and he is listed as 2nd horseman on farm.
  • 1911: William is living with his mother and step father in Eastgate, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 28 and he is listed as a farm labourer.
Relatives in services

  • William’s brother-in-laws who also fought in WW1 but only Ralph was killed. Ralph can be found on our page dedicated to the Bourne War Memorial.

  • Name: Rosamond Pattison
  • Date of birth: 1892
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Date of Marriage: 1909
  • Place of Marriage: Bourne District, Lincolnshire


  • Margaret Elsie Michelson, 1910, Bourne
  • William Cecil Michelson, 1913, Bourne
  • Louis Arthur Michelson, 1914, Bourne
  • Clarence Ernest Michelson, 1915, Bourne

Wife’s parents

  • Father: Richard Newton Pattison
  • Mother: Fanny Kettle

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 27th October 1917
    WAR NOTES – Official notification has been received during the week of the death of three Bourne “boys”. Pte John Albert Victor Bosley, of the Australian Imperial Forces, was killed on October 4th. He was in Australia at the time of outbreak of war and joined the forces in the Colonies in March 1916 after having been twice rejected. He was in training in Australia for six weeks, afterwards being transferred to Salisbury Plain, where, after four months further training, he was drafted abroad. Another notification was in respect of Pte. Arthur Thornton, who was formerly in the employ of Messrs. T.W. Mays and Sons. Ltd. and was of such fine physique as to be acceptable for the Life Guards. The third notification was that of Sergt. Major Stephen Kettle, who was quite recently home on leave. Deceased was well known at Bourne and was in the Amy prior to the outbreak of war. Official notification has also been received that Pte. William Michelson, of Bourne, is missing. The news was received on Friday, the information being forwarded to his wife.


  • War Office Weekly Casualty List December 11th 1917
    Michelson 27353 W. S. (Lincoln)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

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Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private William Smith Michelson, 27353 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 7th October 1917 in the Western European Theatre.

Pension Records

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Effects Left To

  • Widow Rosamond


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
    Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private William Smith Michelson, 27353, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 7 October  1917.
    Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial.
  • Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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