A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between
A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between

William Howe BISSLEY

Ancestral surnames: 

  • Bissley, Angel (or Aingill), Lawrence, Rance, Beaumont, Hovell, Howe, Durrant
  • see his family tree drawing via www.groupphoto.co.uk/extra Row 4



  • Maidenhead Art School
  • Maidenhead Modern School 
  • St Mark's College Chelsea
  • Birkbeck College
  • London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)


Decorations & Campaign Medals:

  • 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal



  • No known grave 
  • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing (Pier 11, Face D) (one of 72193 names) CWGC

  • London School of Economics (one of 70 names)

  • Maidenhead Town Hall (one of 538 names)

  • Maidenhead Modern School – the school has now become Desborough College. At the time I contacted them, there were only 4 names on their war memorial, and they did not include William Bissley. My enquiry led to a researcher discovering that a total of 20 old boys of Maidenhead Modern School and Maidenhead County Boys School were not commemorated and a new memorial was commissioned in 2012. (one of 24 names)

  • All Saints Church Maidenhead (one of 127 names)

  • ornately carved and gilded font cover in All Saints Church Maidenhead, commissioned as a personal memorial to him by his family

  • on his parents’ grave in the churchyard of All Saints Church Maidenhead

  • St Mark’s College, Chelsea – now part of Marjon College, Plymouth where the memorial has now been installed (one of 97 names)

  • Roll of Honour book on display in St Andrew & St Mary’s Church, Maidenhead (one of unknown number of names)

  • London County Council, County Hall, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth (one of 1065 names)

  • Roll of Honour book on display in City Hall, London (one of unknown number of names)

  • in group photograph (unnamed) in the club house of Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Maidenhead

  • on his wife’s grave in the churchyard of St Mary’s, East Lydford, Somerset


Pages in book (www.groupphoto.co.uk/the-book): 40-46


Appears in Charles Bartlett's letters: see I Shall Not Be Away Long book


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