William HINDLEY
Rank: Private
Number: 29529
Unit: B Company, 2/6th Battalion ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 25 October 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny, Pas de Calais, France

John Hindley, a cotton spinner, and Ellen Slater had married at St Elizabeth's Church, Reddish in 1886. They lived at 5 Newton Street and, later, 4 Westminster Avenue and are known to have had four children together. Their three sons would all fight in the War - but Robert and Arthur would return. Robert was discharged from the Army, presumably due to wounds or ill health preventing his further service.

William also worked at a cotton mill - that of Thomas Houldsworth Ltd of Houldsworth Street, Reddish. In his spare time he was an active member of the Reddish Lodge of the United Order of Oddfellows. He enlisted into the army in January 1917 and undertook his training with the Cheshire Regiment (service number 62079), but was transferred to the Warwicks before going overseas on active service.

23 October had seen another major British attack which had pushed the Germans significantly back. Although the fighting was still very hard, there was hope that the War might soon by at an end. The next day, the Warwicks came into the front line to take up the advance in this sector. The Battalion's War Diary records that at 4am "Under cover of artillery barrage, the village of Vendegie was attacked and the River Escaillon crossed but the Battalion had to withdraw west of the river owing to strong enemy resistance. Fighting continued throughout the day and at about 18.00 hours the enemy withdrew. The village was occupied immediately."

187 Warwicks had become casualties - dead, wounded or missing. William was amongst the wounded. He was evacuated to one of the two field hospitals then based at Beugny where military surgeons would have done all they could to save his life, but he died the following day.

   
           
   
     
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