William SCOTT
Rank: Private
Number: 1182
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 19 June 1915
Age: 23
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

Willie and Arthur Scott would die within two months of each other. They were the two oldest children of Arthur and Sarah and, probably their only sons. Arthur had been born in Warrington in about 1890 but, three years later, when Willie was born, they had moved to the Stockport area. In 1901, when the census was taken, the family was living at 20 Providence Street. There had been three new additions in the intervening years - Lily, Doris and Edna.

After the war, the family home was at 62 Brinnington Rise, Stockport but it is not known how long they had lived there. The family worshipped at Newbridge Lane Wesleyan Chapel. Willie worked  as a platelayer for the Cheshire Lines Committee railway at Stockport He had been in the Territorials for three years prior to the war and was mobilised in August 1914. An account of the Battalion's early months is here.

The local newspaper reported that he had been hospitalised in France in October 1914. This cannot be accurate as the Battalion did not go overseas until November. In any event, William was invalided home in April 1915. He was at Shorncliffe Military Camp in Kent when he "died". The military authorities tended to use the word "died" to describe deaths unconnected with combat (as opposed to "died of wounds").

William was buried with full military honours. The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 25 June 1915, reported "The hearse containing the coffin, covered by the Union Jack, was preceded by a firing party, under Sergeant Drummer Pearson, with arms reversed and two buglers - Privates Delaney and Black. By the side of the hearse, acting as bearers, walked Privates Hopkinson, Gouge, Slater, Williamson, Jones and Grabel, all of whom, we understand, were members of the same company as the deceased belonged to."

A short service was held at St Paul's Church, Portwood and, after the burial at Willow Grove, a volley was fired over the grave and the buglers played "Last Post".

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