Dolby, William Rosser

William Rosser Dolby was born in 1893, baptised at Mold 12 July. He one of 11 children of Charles William and Kate Dolby (nee Rosser), of 15 Church Rd. The children were: Charles Robert 1891-1972, William Rosser, Albert Hayes 1895-1968, Norman 1897-1902, Reuben Ewart 1898-1922, Priscilla 1900-1986, Edward Rosser 1903-1989, Bessie 1906-1942, Frank 1909- ?, Harry 1911-1983, Trevor 1915-1974. William Rosser’s father was a carpenter.

William Rosser Dolby, chauffeur to Vicar of St. Matthews (courtesy Gerald Shone)


From his service record we know that William Rosser joined the Army on 22 September 1914 and was promoted to Lance Corporal 11 May 1915. He embarked for France on 16 November 1915.

William Rosser’s brother, Charles Robert was listed a soldier when he married Bessie Wainwright in 1915.

William Rosser was reported missing in the North Wales Coast Pioneer July 27th 1916

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dolby, of Church-road, have had news that their son, Private Willie Dolby, King’s Royal Rifles, is missing. He joined the army at the beginning of the war.

William Rosser Dolby is one of 7 Buckley soldiers listed on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme, the others being George Ewart BevanRobert Connah, Aubrey Harris, Samuel WilcockWilliam Ewart Williams, and Samuel Jones.

William Rosser is remembered on the family grave at St. Matthews.

In loving memory of

Charles William

Beloved husband of

Kate Dolby

Who died April 22nd 1948 aged 86 years

Also the above Kate Dolby

Who died December 28th 1950

Aged 81 years

William Rosser

Killed in action July 15th 1916

Aged 23 years

The sons of Kate and William Dolby


Who died February 28th 1902

 Aged 5 years

Reuben Ewart

Who died October 24th 1922

Aged 24 years

At rest

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Buckley Memorial

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