Rank: Private
Number: 201557
Unit: 1/4th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 29 July 1918
Age: 29
Cemetery: Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

The Donbavand family came from Warwickshire and  Billie had been born in Aston. By the time of the 1901, the family had moved to Stockport. His father, also called William, was then aged 37 and was working as an equestrian. His mother, Rose, was also 37. The Census also mentioned his younger siblings - Violet (8), Horace (6) and Albert (2). The family could not have been in the area for too long as only Albert had been born locally. Billie's father died in the spring of 1906. After the war, Rose was living at 9 Lawrence Street, St Petersgate, Stockport, but it is not known if this had always been the local family home.

Billie earned his living in theatre and had been the stage manager at Stockport Hippodrome. When he enlisted in the army at Wallasey, he was living in New Brighton, then a popular north west holiday destination and he was, presumably, working at one of the theatres there.

Billie was killed in fighting described here. His body was never recovered and identified and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at nearby Soissons.

His two younger brothers both served in the army and both won a Military Medal. Albert was with the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry and Horace with the Royal Field Artillery. Both are believed to have survived the war.

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