William CURRIE
Rank: Private
Number: 12293
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 2 July 1916
Age: 32
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Military records indicate that William had been born in Liverpool, but the 1901 Census confirms he was born in Reddish. His father, Edward, was also listed on the Census, then aged 42 and working as a railway labourer. Mary Currie, then aged 38, was probably his mother and he is understood to have had a younger brother called Fred. The family home is believed to have been at 10 Kendall Street, Reddish.

The Census records William as working as a "print works labourer", but by the time he enlisted in the army, he was working for Halliday & Co, dyers, Sandy lane, Reddish.  He was married to Elizabeth. In 1916, she was living at 26 Hanover Street which was her parents' home. It's not known if she had lived there with William or if she went to stay with her family after he joined the army on 29 August 1914.

William took parting the fighting described here. After the attack, he was posted as "missing" and it was not until March 1917 that the War Office made an official presumption that he must have been killed. William's body was never found and identified.

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