Rank: Private
Number: 265100
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 28 August 1917
Age: 25
Cemetery: Hamburg Cemetery, Germany

William originated from the Portwood area of Stockport. He was married and lived at 23 Ratcliffe Street, Stockport. He worked at Palmer Mills as a piecer. In his spare time, he was a Territorial soldier and was mobilised when war broke out in August 1914. His original service number, 1198, confirms this early service. The Battalion’s first months of training and service are described here.

On 31 July 1917, the Battalion undertook an attack that proved to be its most costly single action. Click here for a description. Many soldiers were dead, wounded or missing. William had been wounded and was, no doubt, in No Man’s Land when he was later captured by the Germans. He will have received good medical attention, but it was necessary to amputate his leg. He died of this wound nearly a month later.

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