Rifleman William Richard A. ("Willie") Klagge was an English soldier of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born in 1897, in Kensington, the son of German parents Carl Ludwig, a tailor by trade, and Mina Albertina Klagge (née Marotzki). At the time of the 1911 census, Klagge was living with his family at 79 Chesterton Road.

Klagge died on 8 May 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, while serving with the 1/12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers), The London Regiment. He had arrived on the Western Front in March,[1] and died at 17, below the minimum requirement for overseas service.

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Menin Gate Memorial.


  1. WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920.


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