Rank: Private
Number: 10461
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 7 June 1915
Age: 30
Cemetery: Portsdown (Christ Church) Military Cemetery, Hampshire

William was a Lancastrian by birth, originating form Preston. However, by the time of the 1901 Census he was living in Stockport and was working as a railway porter. In later life, he married and lived at 35 Johnson Street. And, by the time he enlisted in the army, he had changed his employment and was then working in the local hatworks of Howlinson, Andrew and Ferguson Ltd.

William was in a military hospital at the time of his death. He had been gassed in Flanders, possibly during the first use of the new weapon in April 1915. He had been in hospital in France for some time before being moved to the Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. He had recently written to his wife saying he hoped to make a quick recovery and that he looked forward to her visiting. However, he is reported to have suffered a relapse and died.

Mrs Cardwell would have had the option of bringing William back to Stockport for burial, but this would have been at her expense. As it was, she must have decided to not spend the money and he was buried near to where he had died. He was given a full military funeral. His body was conveyed to the grave on a gun carriage and the "Last Post" was sounded. His wife and brother made the trip to Hampshire for the funeral.

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