Rank: Private
Date of Death: 8 December 1918
Age: 31
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

William was the husband of Jane Hannah Greenhalgh, 83 Higher Hillgate, Stockport. He was a skilled tradesman as confirmed by the 1901 Census when his entry records that, at 14, he was working as a leather printer.

It would seem that, at the outbreak of war, he enlisted into the Cheshire Regiment in the autumn of 1914. His service number was 2524, indicating that his unit was the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission then suggests that he served with the 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment (service number 43648).

Later in the war, he probably became unfit for further front-line service because he was transferred to the Labour Corps, serving with 477th Agricultural Company (service number 395649). Men with Agricultural Companies worked as farm labourers, replacing fit men who were on active service. 477th Company's HQ was at Lincoln and served only as an administrative unit. As such, William may well have worked on a farm in that area or near home in Stockport.

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