Rank: Private
Number: 17549
Unit: C Company, 20th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 2 July 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

Private Bardsley was the son of John Bardsley, a house painter, and Elizabeth Bardsley, 31 Ernest Street, Cheadle (and previously 7 Charles Street, Cheadle). As a boy, Alec had attended Cheadle Wesleyan School and was a member of the Congregational Church.. He was employed by a Mr Thomas of Dickenson Road, Rusholme, Manchester, but it is not known in what capacity. 

In the autumn of 1914, Alec enlisted into the army at Manchester and joined the fifth of the Manchester "Pals" Battalions. He was assigned to No. 12 Platoon in "C" Company. Some details of the Battalion's recruitment and training can be found here. The local newspaper reported that he had a brother who also served in the army but his name is not known and he was not listed on the 1901 Census as being at the family home.

Alec went overseas with the Battalion in November 1915 and took part in the attack on 1 July during the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.

Alec was wounded at some point during the day and was evacuated to one of the Casualty Clearing Stations (field hospitals) operating near the village of Daours but, presumably, his wounds were too severe for anything to be done and he died on 2 July.

(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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