Wilfred MOORES
Rank: Corporal
Number: 11310
Unit: C Company CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 28 July 1915
Age: 18
Cemetery: Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey

In the autumn of 1890, William Moores, a labourer, married Matilda Handforth at St Mark's Church, Bredbury. Their eldest son, John, was born in 1891 and, the following year, Ellis Moores was born. It's not known if they had other children in the next few years but, in the late spring of 1897, Wilfred was born.

The family lived at 62 Hyde Road, Woodley and they continued to worship at St mark's Church, where Wilfred was also a member of the Boys' Brigade. He would be the first member of the Bredbury Boys to be killed in the War.

Wilfred's service number indicates he enlisted in August 1914, just after war was declared on the 4th. After training, the Battalion left Avonmouth on 26 June1915. After three stops, at Malta, Alexandria and Mudros, they landed at Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 16 July. Three days later, they went into the front line for the first time, relieving the 8th Royal Welsh Fusiliers in trenches known as Worcester Flat. They were, themselves, relieved the next day but were back in the firing line on the 25th. On the 28th, they were again relieved back to Gully Beach.

Sometime during this tour of duty, Wilfred was seriously wounded. He would have been evacuated back to a field hospital at the beachhead where he died. This was, very probably, as the Battalion was being relieved and had less protection from shelling and snipers.

   
           
   
     
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