Rank: Sapper
Number: WR/289913
Unit: 266th Railway Operating Company ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 30 August 1918
Age: 35
Cemetery: Hadra War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

William came from New Mills and was the son of George and Martha of 39 Eaves Knoll Road. He was 17 when the 1901 Census was taken and was working as a grinder in the card room of a cotton mill.

By the time of the Great War, William had moved to the Stockport area but he travelled to Buxton to enlist. He was assigned to the Royal Engineers and given the service number of 284320. At some later point, he was given the number WR/289913. This may have been after a lengthy period of absence from his unit recovering from wounds or illness.

266th Company left Britain on 14 September 1917 and spent all of time overseas in Egypt. The Company would have constructed and maintained the railway track systems vital to moving men and stores to the front line. It may have that William had worked on the railway in civilian life or had other skills useful in construction. It is not known if he was an original member of the Company or joined later.

Alexandria was a hospital area for British troops and it is understood that William died from natural causes.

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