Rank: Private
Number: 265813
Unit: 13th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 10 August 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

He was the son of Mr & Mrs James Whitehead, 22 Higher Bents Lane, Bredbury. Other than that, and the fact he enlisted in Stockport, nothing is known of William's private life.

His service number indicates that he was a recent conscript to the army and probably joined the Battalion only a few weeks before he was killed, as apart of a group of replacements for men killed or injured at the Battle of Messines in June 1917. On 10 August, he took part in a small-scale but important attack described here. Afterwards, he was posted as "missing" and it was not until May 1918, that the War Office made an official presumption that he must have been killed. William's body was never found and identified.

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