William GARNER
Rank: Private
Number: 245106
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 27 July 1917
Age: 24
Cemetery: Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Ieper, Belgium

William was one of the children of Thomas and Eliza Garner of 27 Arden Grove in the Higher Hillgate area of Stockport.

When he joined up, almost certainly as a conscript towards the beginning of 1917, he was assigned to the 12th Battalion of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment. This was a reserve Battalion of the Territorial force based in the UK. After training, William will have been transferred to the Manchester Regiment and given the above service number. The number is one associated with the Regiment's 5th Battalion and he will have briefly served overseas with it, before being again transferred to the 16th Battalion.

In June 1917, the Battalion moved from France to the sector of the western front around the Belgian town of Ypres and spent the following weeks undertaking various working parties and other fatigues. From 23 July, they were camped at the Chateau Segard, near Dickebusch, to the south west of Ypres. Over the coming nights, the men provided carrying parties, bringing stores up to the front line. William is recorded on the month's casualty list as being a member of "D" Company. There are no details of how he was killed, but it is reasonable to assume it was from the explosion of an enemy shell.

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