William George COURTNEY
Rank: Private
Number: 17017
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 20 September 1917
Age: 42
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

William was born in Stoke Warham, Dorset, the son of Ann and George Courtney, in 1874 or 1875. The 1901 Census records that he was then living in Symondsbury, aged 27 and working as a farm labourer.

In later life, he married a woman called Ellen. The family history website, FreeBMD, records the marriage of a William Courtney, in the autumn of 1908 at Manchester. This William appears to have married a Sarah Ellen Cady and is possibly the same person. After the War, Mrs Courtney was living at 115 "D" Block, Guiness Buildings, Vauxhall walk, Lambeth, London.

William's specific connection with the Stockport area is not known, except that he enlisted in the town. His service number indicates that this was in October or November 1914.  The 9th Cheshires went overseas in July 1915 and William will have seen action at the Battle of Loos later that year. He will have again been in action throughout the late summer and early autumn of 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and, again, in June 1917, at the Battle of Messines. He was killed in the attack described here.

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