Wilfred GREENWOOD
Rank: Private
Number: S/368474
Unit: 53rd Division HQ Supply Column Royal Army Service Corps
Date of Death: 20 October 1918
Age: 32
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

Wilfred was reported to be the eldest son of John and Eliza Ann Greenwood of High Lane, Cheshire. As a boy he had attended High Lane Day and Sunday Schools. The family, who lived on Buxton Road in the village, were active in the local church. The 1901 Census records that John Greenwood, then aged 40 and originally from Sandbach, worked as a railway labourer. His 33 year old wife, Eliza, worked as a cotton weaver. She had lived in High Lane all her life. The children living at home were Edith, 12; Allen, 10; Edwin, 3 and Alice, 1 month. Wilfred was not at home at the time but was living with his employer, Charles Stafford, the local butcher. It is possible that John and Eliza had other sons who were not at home when the Census was taken as, in 1918, the local newspaper reported that they had a total of four sons serving in the army. Of course, the newspaper report may have not been correct.

Wilfred was a keen footballer and a member of High Lane Football Club. As an adult, he was also a member of the local Conservative Club. At some point, he married Minnie and they lived at Springfield Cottage in the village with their son.

Wilfred' service number indicates that he didn't enlist into the army until after late-1916. The Army Service Corps Companies which acted as Divisional Supply Columns were responsible for moving goods and ammunition from the railhead to the Division's stores and, occasionally, delivering particularly heavy loads direct to the front line. A Company would have about 340 soldiers and 60 lorries. The "S" (for Supply) in the prefix to Wilfred's service number suggests he was more likely to have been a labourer than a driver.

Shortly before he died, Wilfred contracted typhoid and was admitted to 31st General Hospital in Cairo.

(NB: Further information about Wilfred, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remebered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff)

   
           
   
     
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