William ROCHELL
Rank: Private
Number: 10592
Unit: 7th Battalion SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 24 November 1915
Age: 38
Cemetery: Netley Military Cemetery

William was born in Wolverhampton and most of his family connections would remain with the Midlands. However, at some point, the Richard and Caroline Rochell moved to Stockport with their children and lived at 25 Wild Street. As a young man, William joined the army and served in India for several years. It's thought that, in the years before the War, he had returned to civilian life in Stockport but was recalled to the colours at the outbreak. It was possible that he was wounded in the early fighting and this accounts for his transfer to the newly formed 7th Battalion  - or, perhaps,  there was need for some very experienced troops to help guide the new recruits. His new unit went to Gallipoli in the summer of 1915, landing at Suvla Bay on 7 August. This theatre of the War was characterised as much by the unsanitary conditions as the desperate fighting and, in a short while, William had contracted dysentery.

He returned home to England and was admitted to the Royal Victoria Military Hospital at Southampton, where he died.

It will not have been the first time that year that Caroline and Richard Rochell received bad news. Just a few months before, George Rochell had been  killed in action on 18 May. He was 39. In the early 1920's, Caroline and Richard Rochell had moved to 18 Station Road, Albrighton, Shropshire. A third son was reported in the Stockport newspapers to have served with the Hussars, Cheshire Regiment and Northumberland Fusiliers but it has not been possible to identify him in official records.

   
           
   
     
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