William OLDHAM
Rank: Private
Number: 2450
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 14 November 1916
Age: 20
Cemetery: Contay British Cemetery, Somme, France

William was born within the parish of St Matthew's C of E Church, Stockport and was the son of George Frederick and Emily Oldham. His service number suggests he was either a pre-war member of the Territorials or enlisted within a few days of war being declared in August 1914. An account of the battalion's early months of service is here.

He took part in the Battalion's first major attack on 13 November and was severely wounded. An account of the attack is here. William would have received first aid treatment at the Regimental Aid Post just behind the British front line and he would then have been taken to either 9th or 49th Casualty Clearing Station. Full surgical facilities would have been available but, presumably, nothing could be done to save his life.

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