William RAWLINSON
Rank: Acting Corporal
Number: 6988
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 3 October 1915
Age: 33
Cemetery: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

William was born in the Heaton Norris area of Stockport, the son of William and Mary Ann Rawlinson. As a young man, he joined the Army serving for 13 years, during which he saw action in the Boer War. When he was discharged from, he returned to Heaton Norris and lived with his wife, Emily, at 12 Brunswick Street. As an ex-regular soldier, he was committed to spending a number of years as a reservist and, as such, he was recalled to the colours when war was declared in August 1914. Perhaps he was glad to rejoin and leave his job as a labourer.

On 3 October, he was involved in desperate fighting at the Battle of Loos. At roll-call, he was posted as "missing" and it would not be until June 1916 that the War Office made an official presumption that he must have been killed. His body was never found and identified.

   
           
   
     
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