Avery, Sir William Eric Thomas


He was the son of Sir William Avery, Bart., of Oakley Court, Windsor and came to Winchester from the Reverend J.H. Wilkinson’s school, Woodcote House, near Reading. He was a Commoner Prefect his last year. He went to University College, Oxford in 1908 and on leaving four years later, travelled in Canada and British East Africa. On his return to England he took up engineering and worked at Rugby, for part of the time as a mechanic.

At the outbreak of war he obtained a commission in the Army Service Corps and for many months had charge of the Guards’ Divisional Supply Column in France, receiving the M.C. and being mentioned in Despatches. He was taken ill with influenza in October 1918. Bronchial pneumonia developed and he died in hospital at Rouen on November 20th following.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Avery
  • Forenames or initials: William Eric Thomas
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1903-1908
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Army Service Corps
  • Date of Birth: 16th March 1890
  • Date of Death: 20th November 1918
  • How Died: Died of pneumonia
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C3
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: ST SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN: Grave S.V.K.7