Research and text by Brian Roote
William was born in Addiscombe on 5 March 1896 to George and Anne Hubbard. His father was a railway clerk and they lived at 18 Ion Road, Thornton Heath. He attended Ecclesbourne Road School prior to admission to Selhurst Grammar School (previously known as the Borough Grammar School for Boys) on 14 January 1908. William left on 31 December 1912 and obtained a job in the accountant’s office of the LBSC Railway Company.
William enlisted in 1914 and went to France. He was captured by the enemy and died in Notre Dame Hospital Cambrai on 23 March 1918 and was buried in the cemetery. Cambrai was occupied by the German Forces for much of WW1 and the cemetery was established for all ranks and countries alike.
His effects post war were £6 1s.9d plus War Gratuity £14 10s.0d to father George.
He is remembered on Selhurst Grammar School Roll of Honour, Croydon Roll of Honour (as published in Croydon and the Great War, edited by Ald. H. Keatley Moore, 1920) and Soldiers of Ireland Roll of Honour.
Note; His service number was shown incorrectly as 300841 from around 1920. The correct one is 606406 and as a result of submission to the authorities they have agreed the mistake and the number will be corrected as soon as possible.