George Edward WILLIAMS
Rank: Private
Number: 13735
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 25 August 1916
Age: 26
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

George was born in Newtown, Montgomeryshire and the family history website, FreeBMD, suggests this was between October and December 1890. He was still living there at the time of the 1901 Census.

Other than his inscription on the Stockport War Memorial and the knowledge that he enlisted in the town, nothing is known of his connection with this area. His service number indicates his enlistment was in September 1914. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of casualties on the day he was killed. Over the previous night, they had moved by train and route march from reserve positions towards the heart of the Somme battlefield, arriving at the village of Mericourt at 6am. After several hours rest, they marched to positions at Meaulte, arriving at 5pm. There was heavy rain just after they arrived.

It cannot be known exactly what happened to George, but he has no known grave and is commemorated on the local Memorial to the Missing. Perhaps he was hit by an artillery shell. Perhaps he fell into one of the deep water-filled shell holes and drowned.

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