Stanley WARBURTON
Rank: Private
Number: 47127
Unit: 7th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 27 August 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France

Stanley was the son of George Warburton who farmed at Etchells Farm, Threaphurst Lane, Torkington, Hazel Grove and his wife, Milinda. The 1901 Census records that he had three older siblings and two younger ones. The family worshipped at St Thomas' Church and Stanley had furthered his education by attending the Church's Sunday School.

He enlisted into the army at Stockport and was assigned to the South Lancashire Regiment (service number 28211). This was for his initial training only and, before going overseas, he was reassigned to the Fusiliers.

On 8 August 1918, British forces opened a major offensive which would bring the War to an end three months later. Although the coming weeks would see much hard fighting with short term set-backs and the loss of many lives, there would be no more major defeats.

On the 26th, other units attempted to capture German positions holding the villages of Thilloy, Ligny Tilloy and Riencourt. They were not successful and, the next day another attempt would be made. The 7th Royal Fusiliers would lead the attack with the 4th Bedfordshires alongside them on their right. The British artillery barrage opened at 11am but many of the shells fell short landing on their own troops still in the assembly positions.  There were many casualties before the men could get on their way across No Man's Land. The Regimental History records "The first assault, launched with such handicaps, produced nothing but further casualties. In the afternoon, another attack was delivered and the troops penetrated into the village of Tilloy. But the Battalion was now sufficiently weakened and the losses of officers were particularly heavy. The surviving men being leaderless, at length, withdrew and the Battalion was relieved after a disastrous day".

Further information about Stanley can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

   
           
   
     
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