William DAILEY
Rank: Private
Number: 58256
Unit: 16th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 26 October 1917
Age: 29
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

In the late 1880's, James Dailey married Harriet Garnett at St Paul's Church, Portwood, Stockport. William was born in the early months of 1888. He had a brother, Tom, who, by the time of the War was married and living at 40 Newbridge Lane. He also had a sister, Nellie, who may also have been married and living at 60 Emperor Street (although this may have been a second sister).

William worked at the mill of Bunting Ltd, Churchgate and this is perhaps where he met his "sweetheart", Janey. On 1 November 1916, William was conscripted into the army and will have gone on active service a few months later, after training.

On 22 October 1917, William and his comrades took part in an attack described here. Afterwards, they were relieved from the front line and went into a rest area called Emilie Camp, near the village of Elverdinghe (three kilometres north west of the town of Ypres). Surprisingly, William is recorded as having been killed in action on the 26th, yet the Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of any casualties whilst they were in camp. William has no known grave which is, again, surprising for a soldier killed whilst "in the rear". It is, therefore, possible that his date of death is inaccurate. However, the War Diary does note that enemy aeroplanes bombed the adjacent camp. Perhaps William had gone for walk......

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