William NEWTON
Rank: Private
Number: 200625
Unit: 468th Home Service Employment Company LABOUR CORPS
Date of Death: 29 October 1919
Age: 33
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

When the 1901 Census was taken, William, then aged 15, was working a hatter and living at the family home of 28 Hempshaw Lane, Stockport (later at 32 Cambridge Street). In later years, he married Florence (Florrie) and they are thought to have lived at 9 Russell Street, Heavily.

All of William's army service was with the Labour Corps. The Corps was formed at the beginning of 1917 and mainly comprised men whose physical health or condition was deemed unsuitable for the rigours of trench warfare. They would, however, undertake essential manual work in the reserve areas - tasks such as road building, grave digging or unloading supplies. William certainly served overseas as the National Archives holds a record that he was entitled to campaign medals. However, at some point, he was transferred back to the UK and reassigned to the Home Service Company. No details remain of the sort of work this Company undertook.

William's grave has a headstone provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This confirms that, even though it was nearly a year after the Armistice, William must have still been a serving soldier and/or his cause of death was directly related to his army service. The headstone is inscribed "Treasured memories from dear wife Florrie".

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