Rank: Private
Number: 50067
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 6 February 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France

William lived all his life in the Stockport area until he enlisted into the Army on 28 February 1916. His parents, John and Elizabeth, lived at 64 Adswood Lane West (and, after the War,  moved to 48 warren Road, Adswood). William worked with his father as a dairyman.

William's older brother (name not known) also served in army, seeing action in Italy during early 1918.

William was seriously wounded on 29 January 1918, probably by shellfire. After receiving attention from the Battalion's medical officer, he would have been evacuated to either 21st or 48th Casualty Clearing Station based at Ytres. At this field hospital, military surgeons would have done all they could to save his life, but without success. The fact that William remained at the CCS for several days until he died, indicates that he was not strong enough to be further evacuated to full hospital facilities on the Channel coast. The doctors will have concluded that there was no hope of saving him. He is buried in the Cemetery near to the location of the field hospital.

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