Doggart, William Lemon (No. 679060)

Doggart, William Lemon

Private

No. 679060, 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Died of wounds on Thursday 26 July 1917 (aged 44)

Buried:

Lillers Communal Cemetery, France (Grave V. D. 49)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 156)

BIOGRAPHY

William Lemon Doggart was born on 6 July 1873 in Shore Street, Holywood and he was a son of Isaac and Alice Doggart (nee Lemon).  Isaac Doggart worked as a house painter and he and Alice had at least seven children:

Jane Ann (born 25 October 1871 in Shore Street, Holywood)

William Lemon (born 6 July 1873 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Edward Young (born 9 January 1875 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Ellenor Hemphill (born 20 April 1876 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Alice (born 29 April 1879 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Matilda Weir (born 10 August 1881 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Henry (born 8 March 1884 in Shore Street, Holywood)

William Lemon Doggart and Agnes Lyttle (sometimes Little) were married on 3 September 1894 in Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church Belfast.  William Lemon Doggart, a house painter from Belfast was a son of Isaac Doggart, a house painter.  Agnes Lyttle (aged 20) from Belfast was a daughter of Samuel Lyttle, a labourer.

William Lemon Doggart and Agnes Doggart (nee Lyttle) had at least three children

Elizabeth (Elsie, born 18 March 1896 at 47 Cherryville Street, Belfast)

Alice (born around 1897/1898 in England

Samuel Lyttle (born 30 August 1900 at 33 Jerusalem Street, Belfast)

In April 1911 the Doggart family was living at 18 Fernwood Street, Belfast.  In 1913 they moved to Canada where they lived at 152 Commodore Avenue, Silverthorn, Toronto, Ontario.

William’s father, Isaac Doggart, died on 15 April 1916 and, in William’s Army papers, his mother’s address was recorded as 24 Canterbury Street (off University Street), Belfast.

When William Lemon Doggart enlisted on 12 February 1916 in Toronto, he joined 169th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.  He was 42 years 7 months old, but he declared that he was 39 years 7 months old and that his date of birth was 6 July 1876.  In his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 7 inches tall with a clear complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair.

Private William Lemon Doggart was in hospital from 19 June 1916 until 29 July 1916 suffering from bursitis; he was moved from the Camp Hospital at Niagara to the Base Hospital in Toronto.  He made his Will on 21 September 1916 and left everything to his wife Agnes.

Private William Lemon Doggart arrived in England aboard the SS Metagama on 28 October 1916 and was transferred to the 5th Battalion on 24 January 1917.

It is recorded in his Army papers that Private William Lemon Doggart was ‘wounded dangerously in action’ on 25 July 1917 and taken to 58 Casualty Clearing Station.  He had sustained life-threatening shrapnel wounds to his right arm and thigh, and he died on 26 July 1917.

Private William Lemon Doggart (No. 679060) was buried in Lillers Communal Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

AT THE RIVER’S CRYSTAL BRINK

CHRIST SHALL JOIN EACH BROKEN LINK

WIFE & FAMILY

Private William Lemon Doggart (No. 679060) is commemorated in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 156).