Robert Henry CORNERS
Rank: Private
Number: 9075
Date of Death: 29 May 1918
Age: 32

The inscription on the Stockport War Memorial is "B Corners", but the research indicates this must refer to Robert who was, presumably, known as Bob.

When the 1901 Census was taken, the eight members of the Corners family were living in four rooms at 28 Wagstaffe Street, Stockport. John Corners worked as a painter and paperhanger and was married to Emily. The eldest son was also called John. Fifteen year old Robert worked as a cotton doffer at a local mill. He had four younger siblings - Elizabeth (9), Emily (7), Jesse (3) and Frederick (8 months).

In 1906, he married Bessie Hodgkinson at St Elizabeth's Church, Reddish and, by the time of the War, had moved to the Rochdale area. In the early 1920s , Bessie was known to be living in Whitworth.

Bob's service number is low indicating that he was an early volunteer for the army after War was declared in August 1914. May 1918 was a quiet month for the Fusiliers. They undertook tours of duty in the front line, interspersed with periods in reserve. Although there were no major attacks taking place, both sides would have been exchanging shell fire on a regular basis, causing injuries and deaths on most days. The Battalion's War Diary entry for the 29th reads "In the line. Situation unchanged. "B" (company) to relieve "C" in the front line. "C" moved back to support. Situation unchanged. 1 OR killed."  The one Other Rank was Robert.

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