William MCCANN
Rank: Private
Number: 7769
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 24 August 1914
Age: 29
Cemetery: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial

William was born in Northwich and his parents, William and Ellen, still lived there. By the time of the 1901 Census, he was living in Stockport and earning a living as a restaurant waiter. At some point after that, he joined the army and, presumably, served seven years. On his return to Stockport, he married Mary Winifred and they had three children. The family home was at 13 Pine Street, Stockport.

After leaving the army, he worked at Hornsby's Works in Reddish and was recalled to the colours, as a reservist, when war was declared on 4 August 1914.

Details of the action in which he was killed can be found here. He was originally posted as missing but his body was never found and identified. It would be April 1916 before the authorities confirmed that he must be presumed to have died on 24 August.

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