Bill Austin


By Geoff Webb

Bill Austin
Geoff Webb

When this picture was taken, Bill was a very smart soldier in the British Army, and was to proudly hold the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the First World War.

Bill lived with his wife Rose at East Common, Redbourn.

This page was added on 10/04/2011.

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  • Thankyou for your comments. I have fond memories of Bill and Rose before, during and after WW2 as they lived at East Common in Redbourn, next to my grandparents. Bill was a well liked character in the village and, like almost everyone else, had a nickname – his was ‘Towny’ – I have no idea why! He was known as a competent musician, playing several instruments, but his favourite was the mandolin. This mandolin was given to me by Elsie, his daughter, to be passed on to the Redbourn Museum, where it is still kept. Elsie and her husband Charles Mailing were a lovely couple, and I’ve spent several enjoyable hours at their Hemel Hempstead home, talking over old times, and also Elsie made a memorable cup of tea! Thanks for reviving pleasant memories of popular village characters. Geoff Webb

    By Geoff Webb (07/11/2011)
  • This is my Great, Great Grandad. I am so proud to have been passed this web site link by my parents. I have Bills WW1 medals (all 3), and I am serving in the Army as a musician. His medals always go in my left pocket of my Great Coat on rememberance day, as what he and so many of his comrades did should never be forgotten. I have served in the 3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regt, which is the latter amalgamation of his regiment, Herts and Beds. So proud to have this history so close to our hearts.

    By Jonathan Nicholas (03/11/2011)