William WALKER
Rank: Private
Number: 36408
Unit: 16th Battalion ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 September 1918
Age: 30
Cemetery: Favreuil British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Nothing is known of William's early life except that Regimental records published after the War show he had been born in the Stockport area. He was married to Edith and they probably lived at 171 Chatham Street, Edgeley , where she was known to be in the early 1920s.

When he fist joined up, William was assigned to the Cheshire Regiment. His service number, 64902, indicates this was well into 1916 and he had probably been conscripted. He undertook his training with the Regiment but before going on active service, was transferred to the Warwicks who were, no doubt, in greater need of replacements at that time.

William spent most of his last day resting in the reserve positions, prior to moving up to the front line to attack the next day. On the road at 8.30pm, the Battalion was bombed by German aircraft. Eight or ten bombs fell amongst "D" Company causing about 80 casualties. William and Arthur Holland, another local man whose service number indicates he joined the Warwicks at the same time, were amongst the dead.

   
           
   
     
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