William George MILLARD
Rank: Private
Number: 15021
Unit: 6th Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
Date of Death: 8 August 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

William was born in Manchester and, at the time of the 1901 Census, was living at 526 Mill Street in the Bradford area of East Manchester. This was the home of his uncle, Frederick Smith, who was a widower. William's two sisters and brother (Alice, Lillie and Ernest) were also living there. Also in the house was 41 year old Elizabeth Millard who is listed on the Census as being a boarder, but she must, presumably, be William's mother and Frederick's sister.

William enlisted into the army in October 1914. By then he was married and had a child. The family lived at 28 Campbell Street, Reddish and William earned his living as a concreter.

After training, the Battalion went overseas on 13 June 1915 landing at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey on 7 July. The Battalion's War Diary over the following month has virtually the same entry for each day "Quiet day in the trenches".

On 31 July, the Battalion left Gallipoli for a short rest period on the island of Mudros. They were back at the peninsula on the 5th, when they went into reserve bivouacs at Victoria Gully. The Regimental History notes "The high ground in front of them sufficed to obscure the vision of the enemy gunners, but the whole position was well within range and the Battalion was spotted from the air. Before long, it was subjected to heavy shelling and during the course of the day lost four men killed and forty wounded."

It's not known if there was anything left of William to bury but, if he received a proper burial, the location of his grave was lost during the course of the war and he is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial to the Missing.

When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, William's wife had remarried. She is recorded as then being Mrs V B M Waiting and was living at 51 Ashover Street, Ardwick, Manchester.

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