William HULME
Rank: Sapper
Number: 166501
Unit: 82nd Company ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 11 June 1918
Age: 29
Cemetery: La Neuville-aux-Larris Military Cemetery, Marne, France

Little is known of William's life. He had been born in Manchester but had lived in North Reddish for a considerable time. His parents still lived in the area. At some point, he had married Mary and they are thought to have lived at 3 Tindall Street.

In early June 1918, William and his mates were billeted at the "Carlon Works", near trench positions known as the Chaumuzy Line. On the day he was killed, the men were carrying rolls of barbed wire to the forward areas. William was the only man from his unit to die that day, most probably killed by enemy shellfire. He will have been buried very close to where he died but, after the Armistice, the bodies in these front line graves were exhumed and re-interred in the War Graves Cemetery.

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