Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant William Gilbert Houldsworth, 1st Battalion, the Scots Guards, died from wounds received ten days earlier during the Battle of the Aisne on the Western Front.
The only son of an Anglican minister, he was educated at Wellington House in Westgate-on-Sea, Eton College, and Magdalen College at Oxford, where he had joined the university Officers’ Training Corps and received his B.A. degree. He was noted to be popular, a keen sportsman and a good horseman.
At the outbreak of the Great War he was commissioned into the Scots Guards, and left with his battalion for France on the 13th of August. He saw action during the Battle of Mons, and in engagements on the Marne and Grand and Petit Morin.
On the 13th of September in 1914, during the commencement of the Battle of the Aisne, he was grievously wounded and taken to the American Hospital at Neuilly, Paris, where he passed away ten days later. His commanding officer paid tribute to him as a promising young officer, popular with officers and men alike. He is buried in the Neuilly-sur-Seine New Communal Cemetery at Hauts-de-Seine in France.
William, from Kensington, was 23 years old.