Date of Death: 31 July 1916 (possibly)

The name of W Downs is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial amongst those serving with Scottish Regiments. The Cheshire Year Book further suggests that he was serving with the Gordon Highlanders and died on 31 July 1916.

The records of the War Graves Commission have been examined and , whilst a number of men named Downs are commemorated, none appear to have any Stockport connection (except for those otherwise recorded in this website). Similarly, none of them named Downs were serving with the Highlanders or died on 31 July.

There are a small number of examples where a man’s death has been reported, in error, in the local newspapers or in the Year Book but the compilers of the list of names to be included on the Memorial have not realised that the men were not dead. It is possible this is another example.

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