Kenneth BERESFORD
Rank: Sapper
Number: 51827
Unit: 11th Cavalry Brigade Signal Company ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 31 May 1919
Age: 21 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Somme, France

Kenneth was one of three brothers known to have gone to War. Only one, William, came back.

William and Isabella Beresford were in their 30s when the 1901 Census was taken, they were living at 78 Hyde Road, Bredbury with their five children - Bruce (then 10), William (8), Wallace (5), Kenneth (3) and Norman (1).

Kenneth worked for an engineering firm in Bredbury so it was, perhaps, no surprise that when he enlisted into the army in August 1914, he joined the Royal Engineers. The 11th Cavalry Brigade was a unit of the Indian Army and Kenneth's Signal Company will have been attached to it when it went into action at Gallipoli in mid-1915. After the withdrawal at the end of the year, Kenneth saw service for most of the remainder of the War in Salonika and Macedonia. In May of 1916, he was reported to be in hospital suffering with septic poisoning. For the final weeks of the War, Kenneth was in Palestine and spent Christmas Day 1918 in Jerusalem.

After the Armistice, British forces were reorganised and Kenneth was moved to France. He is believed to have been killed in a railway accident.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Mr Beresford was living at 34 Hyde Road, Woodley.

   
           
   
     
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