William MARSDEN
Rank: Private
Number: 180316
Unit: MACHINE GUN CORPS
Date of Death: 10 November 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

William had only been in the army for three weeks when he died the day before the War ended. He was one of the millions worldwide who fell victim to an epidemic of influenza. Estimates put the number of deaths somewhere between 20 and 40 million.

His parents, William Marsden (a cotton spinner) and Lucy Brelsford, had married at St Elizabeth's Church, Reddish in the final quarter of 1897. Their son, named after his father, was 2 when the census was taken in 1901. The family was then living at 45 Oldham Street, Reddish, later moving to 15 Liverpool Street and, by the 1920s, to 10 Haddon Grove.

William had died at a military hospital near the army training camp at Rugeley and his body was brought back to Stockport for burial. The family had worshipped at St Elizabeth's Church and William had been a drummer with the Boys' Brigade. It was only fitting, therefore, that when he was buried with full military honours on 17 November that the "Last Post" should be sounded by a bugler from the Brigade.

   
           
   
     
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