1. Grave:Charlton CemeteryX.19 Dover
2. Book:Beyond The Five PointsPgs 132-134

Awards & Titles:

Victoria Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Queen's South Africa Medal 6 x Clasps
Coronation Medal (1903)
Coronation Medal (1911)

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2/West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 

Originally 1/Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

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The citation for his action is recorded in the London Gazette on Tuesday, 17th September, 1901:

"During the night attack on Bothwell Camp on the 6th, February, 1901, Sergeant Traynor jumped out of a trench and ran out under an extremely heavy fire to the assistance of a wounded man. While running out he was severely wounded, and being unable to carry the man by himself he called for assistance. Lance-Corporal Lintott at once came to him and between them they carried the wounded soldier into shelter. After this, although severely wounded, Sergeant Traynor remained in command of his section, and was most cheerful, encouraging his men till the attack failed."

He died at Dover, Kent on 20th October, 1954 and is buried at Charlton Cemetery, Dover, Kent

His medals are part of the Lord Ashcroft collection on display at the Imperial War Museum.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Military Jubilee No. 2195 E.C.East Kent
Joined : Snar Gate No. 6770 E.C. East Kent

12th February 1919
26th March 1919
30th April 1919

William was listed as a Barrack Warden resident in Dover when an initiate of the Military Jubilee Lodge No. 2195 in 1919. "He was Master in 1925 and remained a member until his death in 1954. He was a founder of Snargate Lodge No 6770 in November 1948 and also remained a member there until his death. Provincial honours came in 1935 with appointment to Provincial Grand Sword Bearer (Kent). He was the first member of Military Jubilee Lodge to be honoured with Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Sword Bearer in 1951."

He was exalted into the Holy Royal Arch in January 1920, at the Military Jubilee Chapter No 2195, where he was First Principal in 1927 and 1928. He gained the rank of Provincial Grand Sword Bearer (Kent) in 1934.

Also joined the Dover & Cinque Ports Lodge of Mark Master Mason No. 152 on the 8th September, 1925.

He was also a founding member of a Dover Lodge of Buffs (Royal Antiduluvian Order of the Buffaloes).

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