William TAYLOR
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 22167
Unit: 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Date of Death: 18 August 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

William had been born and raised in Gatley. His parents ran the Prince of Wales public house on Gatley Green, opposite the memorial where he is now remembered. He worked at Partington's Chemical Works, Trafford Park. He attended the local Congregational Church Sunday School and played football for a local team.

He enlisted in Stockport on 19 February 1916 and went on active service on 11 July. William will have actually joined his unit at Montauban, on 21 July, as one of 130 replacements for those killed in an attack on 14 July. Montauban had been the site of fierce fighting on the first day of the Battle of the Somme at the beginning of the month and William will not have seen a recognizable village. Every building had been flattened and there will have just been piles of rubble. On 24 July, the Battalion was relieved to a rest camp at Meaulte, a small village two and half miles south of the town of Albert. They stayed there until 18 August.

On that day, they were ordered forward to support another Battalion in an attack on a German position at Maltzhorn Farm. The 10th Royal Welsh Fusiliers captured the position, known to the British as Lonely Trench. The KSLI moved up behind them to consolidate and secure the position. William was one of 41 men from the Battalion, killed in the attack. Two other local men, Edwin Wolstencroft and Arthur Sayer, were also killed.

   
           
   
     
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