William HOYLE
Rank: Private
Number: 9618
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE reGIMENT
Date of Death: 19 June 1915
Age: 25
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

William was born in the parish of St Paul's C of E Church, Portwood, Stockport, the son of Catherine and Frank Hoyle. Frank Hoyle had died sometime before the outbreak of War and Catherine was living at 26 Hatherlow Street. She later married a Mr Carson and, after the War, was living at 17 Back Water Street, Portwood.

William had attended Portwood Wesleyan Day School and St Joseph's School. He had then worked for Messrs T & J Legh for a short while. He had joined the army as a regular soldier but had been discharged when his time expired. William had come back to Stockport and had been working as a bobbin carrier at Meadow Mill. He relaxed as a member of Avenue Street Reform Club.

William was still an army reservist and was recalled when War was declared in August 1914. During the autumn he was injured from a bursting shell after the Battalion had captured an enemy trench and was hospitalised at Rouen. He returned to England on 22 December, spending time in a military hospital, in Tunbridge Wells before returning to his unit on 11 February 1915.

On 19 June, the Cheshires were in front line positions at Dormy House, Zillebeke, just to the south of Ypres (now Ieper). The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of casualties for the day but mentions that units to the left of their position were gassed and subject to heavy artillery fire. However William was killed, he now has no known grave and is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

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