Isaac WILLIAMS
Rank: Private
Number: 242320
Unit: 8th Battalion ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT
Date of Death: 20 August 1918
Age: 41
Cemetery: St Pol British Cemetery, St Pol-sur-Ternoise, Pas de Calais, France

When the Census was taken in 1901, 23 year old Isaac was living with his widowed mother, Elizabeth, and older siblings, Eliza and Peter, at 41 Redhouse Lane, Bredbury. The records note that he had been born in Bootle. Peter had been born in Bredbury and Eliza in Yorkshire, suggesting the family had probably moved around in connection with their father's work. Isaac was working as a foreman bleacher at a calico works. In 1905, he married Ellen Stafford in a civil ceremony registered at Stockport and they are thought to have set up home at 88 George Lane.

It is not known when Isaac went into Stockport to enlist but he was assigned to the Hertfordshire Regiment (service number 5457) for training purposes. He will have been transferred to the West Kents afterwards. His service number dates this to some time after the beginning of 1917 and confirms that he was originally assigned to the 2/5th Battalion - on home service duties. After the German offensives of the spring of 1918, the British Army suffered a very serious manpower crisis and men previously thought too old for the rigours of trench warfare were sent to the front. Isaac will have been one of them and the earlier assessment possibly proved to be accurate. Regimental records show that he "died" - a designation usually indicating a death from natural causes (as opposed to "died of wounds" or "killed in action").

At the time of writing (April 2008), the Commonwealth War Graves Commission wrongly records his final unit as the 2/5th Battalion. This unit never served outside the UK and cannot be accurate. Other official records indicate, as above, that he was with the 8th Battalion at the time of his death.

   
           
   
     
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