William MEIN M.M.
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 6527
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

At the time of the 1901 Census, William and his younger sister, Margaret, were living with their grandfather, Isaac Harrison, in Dalston, Cumberland, where they had been born. It's not known where their parents were at the time but, shortly afterwards, the family moved to the Stockport area living at 197 Turncroft Lane.

As a boy, William had been the goalkeeper for the local Wesleyan Church football team which played in the Stockport Sunday League. When he left school, he went to work for Buntings on Chestergate but, by the time of the War was working in Manchester for the shipping firm of G B Ollivant & Co, 3 Albert Square. He enlisted into the army in early September and was assigned to No. 5 Platoon, "B" Company in the first of the newly formed Manchester Pals battalions. Click here for details of its recruitment and training.

William was killed on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. Sometime during the day, he undertook a now unknown act of bravery for which he was awarded the Military Medal. The award was not officially published in the London Gazette until 19 February 1917.

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