William HATTON
Rank: Private
Number: 10134
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 5 September 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France

William had been born in Reddish, the son of Isaac and Martha Ann. By 1916, the family home was at 4 Society Street, Stockport and it is known that William had sisters and a brother living there.

Just after war was declared in 1914, William enlisted in the army and was posted to one of the Cheshires' two regular army battalions which, by this time, had taken many casualties and was no longer restricting its intake to professional soldiers. Up until that time William had been working at Craven's Leather Works in Stockport.

There is some doubt about William's age. The newspaper reporting his death gave it as 21, but military records have it as 24. He probably went on active service in the early spring of 1915 and was killed in action in the fighting described here. The press also reported that another brother, Harry, was serving aboard HMS Orion. He is believed to have survived the war.

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