William SWINDELLS
Rank: Private
Number: 1461
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 27 May 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Brown’s Lane Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France

William lived all his life in the Bredbury and Romiley area. He had been born in Bredbury and, at the time of the War, he was living with his mother, Mary Emma, at 12 Chadkirk, Romiley.

He worked nearby at the Chadkirk Printworks. This company was a member of the Calico Printers Association and William is commemorated in the Association's entry in the Manchester Battalions' Roll of Honour (page 777). In his spare time, William was a keen footballer and, as confirmed by his service number, a member of the Territorial Army. He would have been mobilised when war was declared in August 1914. An account of the Battalion's early months of service is here.

On 27 May, William and his comrades were in trenches at Festubert - a village 8 kilometres north east of the French town of Bethune. The Battalion's War Diary records "On the whole, a quiet day. 1 O.R. wounded. 1 O.R. killed (GSW).

William was the Other Rank who had been killed. "GSW" refers to Gun Shot Wound, almost certainly indicating he was killed by an enemy sniper.

   
           
   
     
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