William ALBINSON
Rank: Private
Number: 49425
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 13 October 1916
Age: 28
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

William was one of the four sons of Mr & Mrs Albinson , who lived at 116 Adcroft Street, Stockport. He worked for Robinsonís Brewery in the town until he enlisted in mid 1915. His on-line medal entitlement records, at the National Archives, shows his original service number was 4370. This number is consistent with him originally serving overseas with the local Territorial Battalion, the 6th Cheshires.

It would be reasonable to assume that he had a period of illness or injury very soon after arriving in France. When he had recovered, he was given the above new number and re-assigned to the 10th Battalion. The service number suggests he would not have been with his new unit for very long before he was killed.

Regimental records record that William died of wounds he had received. The Cemetery where he is buried was used by field ambulance units at the time and this suggests that William had only recently been injured. He was, no doubt, in the process of being evacuated to major military surgical facilities when he died and itís probable that this was the day he was injured. There is no record in the Battalionís War Diary of any casualties on either the 12th or 13th October. The Diary only notes that, on the 13th, the Battalion was not involved in combat but was undertaking working parties.

Williamís brothers, George, Herbert and John, are believed to have survived the war.

   
           
   
     
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