William James WALTON
Rank: Corporal
Number: 2330
Unit: 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 13th November 1916
Age: 22
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

William had been born at Davenham, Cheshire, the son of George & Christiana. The 1901 Census shows George to have been landlord of the Swan Inn, 11 Market Place, Wharton. William's connection with Cheadle Hulme is not known. It is possible that he had moved here or that he had relatives living here. Certainly, the 1901 Census records an Elizabeth Walton, living alone at 130 Adswood Road, who may have been his grandmother.

His service number suggests he was either a pre-war member of the Territorials or enlisted within days of war being declared in August 1914. The Battalion went overseas in November and details of its early activities are recorded here. He was killed in their first major attack. An account is here.

William's body was never recovered and identified and he is commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing.

(NB: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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