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GEORGE FRANK HARGREAVES WAITES

Rifleman, 305502. 2/5 th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 20 September 1917. Born: Cheadle. Enlisted: Manchester. Only son of Mary Waites, 2 Woodlands Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belguim.

ALFRED WALKER

Private, 8060. 10 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 8 May 1916. Born: Manchester. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St Eloi, Pas de Calais, France.

GEORGE WOODBURN WALKER

Private, 7293. 19 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Date of death (cause unknown) 7 August 1917, aged 47. Lived: Heaton Chapel. Son of Francis & Eliza of Heaton Moor & Wolverhampton. Husband of Elizabeth, 12 St Alban’s Avenue, Heaton Chapel. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

HERBERT EDWARD WALKER

Rifleman, R/728. 9 th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 20 August 1916. Born: Stockport. Lived: California. Enlisted: Manchester. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

JOHN WALKER

Private, 95064. 13 th Battalion, King’s ( Liverpool) Regiment (formerly 5955, 8 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment). Killed in action 12 April 1918, aged 20. Born: Woodley. Lived & enlisted: Burnley. Son of Ernest & Clara, 8 Wellington Grove, Stockport. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Belgium.

JOSEPH GREENWOOD WALKER

Lance Corporal, 39405. 5 th Battalion, South Wales Borderers (formerly 4592, Monmouthshire Regiment). Killed in action 8 May 1918. Born: Heckmondwike. Lived: Heaton Norris. Enlisted: Stockport. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

THOMAS WALKER

Private, 12569. 1 st Battalion, Irish Guards (formerly 2950, Household Battalion). Killed in action 26 March 1918. Born & enlisted: Stockport. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

WALTER THOMAS WALKER

Private, 9787. 13 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 7 July 1916, aged 22. Born: Levenshulme. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Thomas & Eliza Jane, 43 Ratcliffe Street, Levenshulme, Manchester. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

WILLIAM WALKER

Private, 12797. 7 th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 27 November 1916, aged 42. Born: Stockport. Lived: Stalybridge. Enlisted: Ashton under Lyne. Husband of Emma, 19 Acres Lane, Stalybridge. Buried in St Paul’s Churchyard, Stalybridge.

Probably the W Walker commemorated on the Stalybridge War Memorial amongst those serving with the East Lancashire Regiment.

JAMES VICTOR WALL

Sergeant, 9473. 1 st Battalion, Royal Scots. Killed in action 25 February 1915, aged 28. Born at Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Dublin. Son of James. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

JOHN EDWIN WALLEY

Private, 49180. 17 th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment (formerly 4583, Cheshire Regiment). Killed in action 8 June 1917, aged 25. Born: Salford. Lived & enlisted: Stockport. Son of Mr & Mrs Walley of Salford. Husband of Ada, 52 Victory Street, Stockport. Buried at New Irish Farm, Ieper, Belgium.

WILLIAM WALLS

Private, 354476. 2 nd/3 rd East Lancashire Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds 11 October 1917. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Manchester. Buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.

JOHN WALSH

Private, 44139. 18 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917, aged 20. Born: Hazel Grove. Enlisted: Manchester. Son of Nicholas & Frances Maria, 14 Buckingham Road, Levenshulme, Manchester. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

JOHN THOMAS WALSH

Lance Corporal, 19897. 15 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 March 1918. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Leeds. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

OWEN WALSH

Private, 265754. 1/6 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 September 1917. Enlisted: Stockport. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

ERNEST JOHN WALTHEW M.C.

Lieutenant-Colonel. 46 th Division, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 22 May 1918, aged 42. Son of George & Annie of Stockport. Husband of Maud Violet, The White House, Salcombe, Devon. Buried in Fouquires Churchyrad Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

George Walthew was a well known local JP. For several years (presumably during married life), Ernest had been living in Buxton and Bakewell.

Awarded the Military Cross in the New Year’s Honours List, rather than a specific act of gallantry, at the beginning of 1918. Promoted to the acting position of Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 May 1918. At the time he was an Acting Major but his substantive rank was Captain.

Understood to have been killed whilst making a reconnaissance.

ARNOLD WALTON M.M.

Sergeant, 1099. 7 th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds 23 August 1918. Born & enlisted: Stockport. Buried in St Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frevent, France.

Awarded the Military Medal – date unknown.

ALBERT WARDLE

Private, 242. 53 rd Divisional Cyclist Company, Army Cyclist Corps. Died, 1 November 1915, aged 28. Born & lived: Glossop. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in St James’ Churchyard, Glossop.

Commemorated on the Glossop War Memorial.

JOHN EDWARD WARDLE

Private, 24017. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 14 December 1916. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Warrington. Buried in Weaste Cemetery, Salford.

JOSEPH JOHN WARDLE

Private, 106100. 59 th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 25 October 1916, aged 22. Born: Cheadle. Enlisted: Hyde. Son of Mrs Alice Wardle, 354 Stockport Road, Gee Cross, Hyde. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Probably the Joseph Wardle commemorated on the Hyde War Memorial.

FRANK WARDLEY

Driver, 168302. Headquarters, 95 th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 1 December 1916, 19. Born: Manchester. Enlisted: Stockport. Youngest son of George & Ellen, “Frankholm”, Linden Avenue, Ashton-on-Mersey. Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Probably the F Wardley commemorated on the Sale War Memorial.

DANIEL WARHURST

Private, 40494. 2 nd Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment (formerly 187950, Royal Field Artillery). Died of wounds 28 March 1918. Born: Romiley. Lived: Hyde. Enlisted: Preston. Buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

Commemorated on the Hyde War Memorial and the Memorial at Hyde Chapel, Gee Cross.

DOUGLAS ALLEN BAILEY WARING

Private, 5416. 1 st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 21 January 1917, aged 33. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Manchester. Son of Joseph John Waring and Martha Alice Waring, 2 North Western Street, Levenshulme, Manchester. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

JOHN WARREN

Private, 62017. 6 th Garrison Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (formerly 25504, Cheshire Regiment). Died 27 December 1916, aged 39. Enlisted: Stockport. Husband of Susannah, 41 Provident Street, Heaton Norris. Buried in Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport.

Known to have at least two children, one called Florrie. An “In Memoriam” notice published in the local press said that he had been “knocked down” on 26 December, dying the next day.

THOMAS WARREN

Private, 18541. 1 st Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 18 December 1915, aged 35. Born: Cumberland. Lived: Harrington, Cumberland. Enlisted: Maryport, Cumberland. Son of Thomas & Sarah of Stockport. Husband of Elizabeth, 19 Fleece Cottages, Meadow Lane, Leeds. Buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.

WILFRED WASHINGTON

Private, 32439. 2 nd Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 30 September 1917, aged 24. Born: Marple. Enlisted: Uppermill. Son of Albert & Homena, “Ingleside”, Uppermill. Buried in Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

CHARLES WATERHOUSE

Private, 241674. 2/6 th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born: Hayfield. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: New Mills. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Commemorated on the Hayfield & New Mills War Memorials. The Hayfield Memorial also commemorates Fred Waterhouse (below) together with Joe & Willie Waterhouse.

FRED WATERHOUSE

Private, 32148. 12 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 7 July 1916, aged 25. Born: Hayfield. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Huddersfield. Son of Joseph & Sarah, 15 The Crescent, Birch Vale, Nr Stockport. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Commemorated on the Hayfield War Memorial. The Memorial also commemorates Charles Waterhouse (above) and Joe & Willie Waterhouse.

TOM WATKINSON

Gunner, 296866. Clearing Office (formerly 132 nd Oxford Heavy Battery), Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 11 March 1919, aged 22. Born & lived: Glossop. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Joseph & Harriet, 35 Simmondley Lane, Glossop. Buried in Mottram-in-Longdendale, Cemetery.

Commemorated on the Glossop War Memorial.

WALTER WATTS D.C.M.

Sergeant, 8059. 1 st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born: Manchester. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Mr & Mrs Watts of Newton Heath, Manchester. Commemorated on a special Memorial at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Order of St George, 4 th Class – a Russian decoration – dates unknown.

SYDNEY WAUDE

Lieutenant. 50 th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 31 May 1917, aged 25. Son of Edward & Sarah of York Road, Heaton Moor. Husband of Isabella, 25 Cardigan Avenue, Clitheroe. Buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, Pas de Calais, France.

Had emigrated to Calgary in about 1910 and worked in a bank.Enlisted as a private but was commissioned in early 1917. Had only been on active service for about six weeks when killed.

His wife had returned to the UK and, in 1915, was staying with her married sister in Clitheroe.

WILLIAM KENNETH WEAVER

Private, 241700. 2/6 th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Born: Heaton Chapel. Enlisted: Buxton. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

RICHARD JOSEPH WEBB

2 nd Lieutenant, 25 th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds, as a prisoner of war, 1 June 1918, aged 21. Son of Arthur & Mary, “ Fairhaven”, Dean Lane, Stockport. Buried in La Ville-aux-Bois British Cemetery, Aisne, France.

Possibly the Richard J Webb commemorated on the War Memorial of the Manchester Technical College (now UMIST).

JAMES WEBSTER

Private, 77535. 22 nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died 15 August 1918. Born: Manchester. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Bakewell. Buried at Glageon Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

Place of burial suggests he may have been a prisoner of war.

CHARLES WEEDS

Gunner, 139055. 284 th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 2 October 1918, aged 22. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Kidderminster. Son of William & Caroline, Bay Cottage, Cornsall, Kidderminster. Buried in La Baraque British Cemetery, Bellenglise, Somme, France.

PETER WELCH

Private, 9833. 2 nd Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 8 May 1915. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Hyde. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

THOMAS EDWIN WELCH

Sergeant, 6320. 16 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Lived: Marple Bridge. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

A brief article in the Stockport Advertiser, 11 August 1916, commented on five soldier brother. Harry Welch,of Marple Bridge, was in France with the Army Service Corps. Sergeant Thomas Welch had been killed. Two other brothers were serving and a fifth had been discharged due to ill health or wounds.

JAMES HENRY WELLS

Private, 4786. 20 th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Date of death (cause unknown) 8 April 1918, aged 32. Born: Heaton Moor. Son of James Henry Wells & Helen Wells, “Wincanton”, Whaley Bridge. Buried in Picquigny Cemetery, Somme, France.

THOMAS WEST

Private, 8557. 7 th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Died 7 September 1916. Born: Stockport. Lived: Kidsgrove. Enlisted: Burslem. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

HARRY WHARAM

Lance Corporal, 46819. 41 st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (formerly 3160, Cheshire Regiment). Killed in action 22 March 1918. Lived: Hyde. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in St Souplet British Cemetery, Nord, France.

Commemorated on the Hyde War Memorial.

ALFRED WHARF

Private, 6667. 12 th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 14 September 1916, aged 23. Born: Salford. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Rochdale. Commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.

FRED WHARMBY

Private, 17206. 12 th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. Killed in action 5 August 1916, aged 20. Born & lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Buxton. Son of Joseph & Sarah, 4 Foundry Street, New Mills. Buried in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France.

Commemorated on the New Mills War Memorial (which also commemorates J Wharmby).

ALFRED WHEELER

Private, 28558. 7 th Battalion, Border Regiment. (formerly 29397, Royal Welsh Fusiliers). Died of wounds 25 September 1918, aged 22. Born: Heaton Norris. Lived: Reddish. Enlisted: Manchester. Son of James, 85 Old Road, Heaton Norris. Buried in Five Points Cemetery, Lechelle, Pas de Calais, France.

ROBERT WHEELER

Private, 10381. 1 st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 5 September 1916. Born: Aldershot, Hampshire. Lived: Levenshulme. Enlisted: Stockport.

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

JAMES WHITAKER

Private, 141077. 66 th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (formerly 5383, Lancashire Fusiliers). Died 28 September 1918. Born & enlisted: Stockport.

Buried in Le Cateau Military Cemetery. Nord, France.

FRANCIS HERBERT WHITE

Private, 42025. 1/4 th Battalion, North Lancashire Regiment (formerly 10300, Manchester Regiment). Died of wounds 13 September 1918, aged 40. Born: Hamilton. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Manchester. Husband of Mrs M J White, 68 Ladysmith Street, Shaw Heath, Stockport. Buried in Pernes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

WILLIAM WHITE

Private, 46365. 17 th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action 31 July 1917, aged 28. Born & enlisted: Dukinfield. Son of William & Sarah, 9 Vicarage Street, Dukinfield. Husband of Sarah Annie (nee Makin), Holly Bank Cottage, Mill Brow, Marple Bridge. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

Had worked locally at Primrose Mill and, later, at Wellington Mill, Ashton under Lyne. Connected with the Compstall Primitive Methodist Church. Enlisted on 3 June 1916, going overseas on 3 October. He was originally reported as being “wounded and missing” but his identification disc was found in late autumn 1917. His body was never found.

Presumably the W White commemorated on the Dukinfield War Memorial.

STANLEY WHITELEY

Gunner, 781021. “D” Battery, 246 th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, Died of wounds 4 November 1917. Born & enlisted: Poole, Dorset. Brother of Marion A Whiteley, “Grotle”, Priestnall Road, Heaton Mersey. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

GEORGE WHITTAKER

Private, 13992. 20 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 6 July 1917. Born: Stockport. Lived & enlisted: Manchester. Son of Mrs Whittaker, 20 Adelaide Road, Edgeley. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Worked as a doubler at a cotton mill. Married, with children and lived in Bradford, Manchester.

HARRY WHITTAKER

Private, 3243. 2/6 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died 9 December 1915, aged 15. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of William & Frances Ann, Snelson, Chelford. Buried in Hyde Borough Cemetery.

Presumably the man commemorated on the Hyde War Memorial.

CHARLES B WHITTLE

Lance Corporal, 17772. 15 th Battalion, Royal Scots. Killed in action 26 August 1917, aged 21. Born & lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Manchester. Son of Charles & Maria Margaret, 75 Newport Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

JOHN HENRY WILD

Private, 18168. 5 th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died of wounds 13 July 1916, aged 31. Born & lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Reading. Son of Harry & Mary, 23 Higher Hillgate, Stockport. Buried in Lawns Wood Cemetery, Leeds.

JOSEPH HENRY WILD

Private, 11826. 11 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died of wounds 9 June 1917, aged 27. Born: Hayfield. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Mr & Mrs Samuel Wild, “High View”, Mellor Road, Marple Bridge. Buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France.

Commemorated on the Mellor War Memorial and the Memorial at Marple Bridge United Reform Church.

THOMAS W WILD

Pioneer, 2642. 6 th East Lancashire Provisional Company, Royal Engineers. Died 11 December 1916, aged 17. Born: Reddish. Lived: Gorton. Enlisted: Manchester. Youngest son of Herbert & Emma, 3 Walters Lane, Gorton, Manchester. Buried in Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport.

Worked for S & J Watts Ltd, Manchester before enlisting, in January 1915, into the Seaforth Highlanders before being transferred to the Royal Engineers. Died during an operation at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, whilst still in training. Two brothers serving in the army. Buried with military honours on 16 December.

HAROLD WILKINSON

Private, 39388. 2 nd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 10 April 1918, aged 20. Born: Chester. Lived: Alderley Edge. Enlisted: Stockport.

Son of Henry & Grace Mary, 24 Lydiat Lane, Alderley Edge. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Belgium.

Commemorated on the Alderley Edge War Memorial.

HAROLD BERTRAM WILKINSON

Lance Corporal, 3697. 1/8 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 31 January 1917, aged 29. Born: Hazel Grove. Enlisted: Manchester. Husband of Sarah Jane, 406 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester. Buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

THOMAS FRANCIS WILKINSON

Gunner, 92499. “Z”, 15 th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 4 April 1917, aged 38. Born: Bristol. Lived: Stockport. Husband of Sarah Eleanor Wilkinson, 1 South View, Wick, Devizes. Buried in Faubourg d-Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

Worked in the hatting industry for Battersby Ltd. Member of Stockport Conservative Association and the Lancashire Walking Club. Instructor for the St John’s Ambulance.

An officer wrote: “On the 4 th April, the battery position was being heavily shelled. I called for volunteers to man the gun, as our orders were to fire all day. Your husband at once came forward and with the coolest of bravery he has shown since coming to us assisted the Corporal in firing his gun. An enemy shell burst in front of the gun pit. One piece struck Gunner Wilkinson, killing him instantaneously. That night we carried him down and next day he was laid to rest in the little Cemetery on the outskirts of town. We shall all miss him.”

WILLIAM WILKINSON

Sergeant, 15482. 2 nd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment (formerly 14106, Cheshire Regiment) Killed in action 12 April 1918. Born: Stockport. Lived & enlisted: Knutsford. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Belgium.

Possibly commemorated on the Knutsford War Memorial amongst the men from Marthall and on the Marthall War Memorial.

FRANK WILLESCROFT

The Stockport Express, in its edition of 29 October 1917, published an In Memoriam notice for Private Frank Taylor, aged 48, reported killed in action of 7 October 1917 whilst serving with a Labour Company of the Royal Engineers. The notice was inserted by his two married sisters – Sarah Mellor and Mrs Berry.

It has not been possible to confirm the death of Private Willescroft from any official sources and, in fact, the medal entitlement records at the National Archives shows no-one of this name serving abroad with the army during the War. It is possible that the family had received false news of his death.

ALBERT WILLIAMS

Private, 266259. 1/6 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 February 1918. Born: Gloucester. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, Somme, France.

GEORGE WILLIAMS

Private, 25063. 3 rd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died 14 November 1915. Born & lived: Newton Heath, Manchester. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in Southern Cemetery, Manchester.

HENRY WILLIAMS

Sapper, 82710. 174 th Field Company, Royal Engineers (formerly 1234 King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry). Died of wounds 17 January 1916, aged 32. Born: Stockport. Lived: Liversedge, Yorkshire. Enlisted: Cleckheaton.

Husband of Beatrice of Liversedge. Buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

JOHN WILLIAMS

Gunner, 91891. 30 th Battery, 39 th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 5 August 1916. Born: Cheshire. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

JOSEPH WILLIAMS

Private, 3/6004. 1 st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds 18 October 1914, aged 19. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Hull. Son of Joseph & Anna of Stockport. Buried in Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard, Nord, France.

LLOYD WILLIAMS

Private, 14994. 1/7 th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 22 July 1918. Born: Crewe. Enlisted: Stockport. Husband of Mary Ann, 4 Munn Lane Farm, Higher Blackley, Manchester. Buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

SAMUEL RALPH LEWIS WILLIAMS

Corporal, 63522. 2 nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 7 October 1918, aged 36. Born: Broughton, Salford. Lived: Kersal. Enlisted: Manchester. Son of Samuel & Annie. Husband of Gertrude, “White Webbs”, Rostrevor Road, Davenport, Stockport. Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

ANDREW WILLIAMSON

Major. 12 th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 21 March 918. Son of Andrew & Mrs Willimson of Romiley. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Educated at Manchester Grammar School and Manchester University. A member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Had previously worked for the Derwent Valley Water Board but, prior to enlisting at the end of 1914, was working for the Belfast Water Board. Left a widow and three children.

Presumably the A Williamson commemorated on the University’s War Memorial.

ERNEST WILLIAMSON

Private, 33845. 12 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 22 March 1918. Born & enlisted: Manchester. Lived: Reddish. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

JOHN REUBAN WILLIAMSON

Private, 2951. 9 th Battalion, Royal Scots, Killed in action 30 March 1916, aged 21. Born, lived & enlisted: Manchester. Son of Thomas & Maria, 12 Cambell Street, Reddish. Buried in Louez Military Cemetery, Duisans, Pas de Calais, France.

SIDNEY WILLIAMSON M.M.

Sergeant, 40740. 137 th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 2 November 1918. Born: Porton, Cumberland. Enlisted: Stockport.

Buried in Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy.

Awarded the Military Medal – date unknown.

WILLIAM EDWARD WILLIAMSON

In its edition of 19 July 1917, the Stockport Express published a brief In Memoriam notice, inserted by the wife of William Edward Williamson, reportedly killed in action 22 July 1916.

It has not been possible to identify this man with certainty as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission does not record the death of anyone of this name and initial on the 22 nd. There is a William Edgar Williamson who was killed in action on 20th, aged 20, whilst serving with the 20 th Battalion , Royal Fusiliers. His parents lived in Derby. There is also a Private William Williamson killed in action on the 23 rd whilst with the 7 th North Lancashire Regiment.

HAMILTON WILLOUGHBY

Third Mate. SS “Ava”, Mercantile Marine. Date of death unknown officially recorded as 26 January 1917, aged 28. Born: Stockport. Son of George Harry Willoughby and Agnes Belle Willoughby, 23 Duke Street, Southport. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.

SS Ava left Liverpool on 29 January bound for Dakar and Rangoon with a general cargo, including coal. She was never seen again and was presumed to have been sunk by a submarine. All 92 crew were lost.

HERBERT WILSON

Private, 3824. 1 st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 9 January 1917. Born: Stockport. Lived: Oldham. Enlisted: Ashton under Lyne.

Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

RICHARD WILSON

Private, 8678. 11 th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 23 April 1916, aged 31. Born & enlisted: Manchester. Lived: Salford. Son of Tom Wilson, 232 London Road, Hazel Grove. Buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St Eloi, Pas de Calais, France.

Had brother called Tom. Worked for Sir James Farmer’s Adelphi Works in Salford.

ROBERT WILSON D.C.M.

Colour Sergeant (Company Sergeant Major), 4722. 1 st Battalion, Manchester Regiment, Died of wounds, 30 November 1914, aged 39. Born: Ardwick, Manchester. Lived: Reddish. Son of Thomas & Elizabeth. Husband of Nellie, 22 Whittaker Lane, Heaton Park, Manchester. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Regular soldier serving in India at the outbreak of War. Battalion landed in France on 26 September. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for the action in which he was wounded. Left a widow and one daughter living at Brooklands Road, Reddish.

ROBERT WILSON

Private, 26429. 6 th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (formerly 4410, Cheshire Regiment). Killed in action 16 August 1917, aged 28. Born & lived: Stalybridge. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Ralph & Ellen. Husband of Lillian, 417 Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Commemorated on the Stalybridge War Memorial.

EDWARD WITHERS

Private, 2657. 4 th Battalion, Royal Scots. Killed in action 28 June 1915, aged 23. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Manchester.Son of John & Mary, Moor End, Oldham. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Worshipped at Mellor United Methodist Church and had been a member of the local cricket club. Enlisted in November 1914.

Presumed to be the Jas. E Withers commemorated on the Mellor War Memorial.

ARTHUR WOOD

Corporal, 14853. 10 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 March 1918, aged 20. Born: Poynton. Enlisted: Macclesfield. Son of Mr & Mrs H C Wood, Lower Swines Eye, Woodford. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Commemorated on the War Memorial inside Christ Church, Woodford and is possibly the Arthur Wood commemorated on the Poynton War Memorial.

CHARLES WOOD

Private, 266671. 1/6 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917, aged 19. Born: Stalybridge. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of William & Mary Emma, 24 Pickford Lane, Dukinfield. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Commemorated on the Dukinfield War Memorial.

CHARLES ANDREW WOOD

Private, 8/1684. 3 rd Reinforcements, Ortago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. No known grave and presumed killed in action 8 May 1915. Born: Stockport. Son of George & Ann, Royal Terrace, Dunedin, New Zealand. Commemorated on the Twelve Tree Copse Memorial, Helles, Turkey.

EDWARD WOOD

Private, 7590. 2 nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 26 December 1914. Born: Manchester. Lived: Horwich. Enlisted: Stockport.

Buried in Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Belgium.

ERNEST WOOD

Private, 114831. 51 st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (formerly 36927, Suffolk Regiment). Died of wounds 21 March 1918. Born: Compstall. Enlisted: Hyde.

Buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

ERNEST WOOD

Private, 60252.40 th Company, Machine Gun Corps (formerly 45510, Cheshire Regiment). Killed in action between 21 & 26 March 1918. Born: Poundswick, Cheshire. Lived: Cheadle. Enlisted: Stockport. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Probably commemorated on the Memorial inside St Wilfrid’s Church, Northenden.

GEORGE WOOD

Private, 2039. 55 th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Died of wounds 21 July 1916, aged 24. Fourth son of William and Mrs Wood of Beeston Hall (and later of Rose Lea, Marple Road, Bramhall). Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

Educated at Bunbury Grammar School before going into business with a Mr Hankinson of Bramhall. Joined his brother in Australia in about 1912 and enlisted into the army in January 1915. Saw action at Gallipoli and was slightly wounded. Wounded on 20 July 1916 and died at 7.05am the next day at an army casualty clearing station (field hospital).

HAROLD WOOD

Private, 9701. 1 st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 29 May 1916. Born: Newcastle, Staffordshire. Lived: Stockport. Enlisted, Stoke on Trent. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

HAROLD WOOD

Private, 51710. 16 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment – attaché dto 7 th Battalion, West Kent Regiment (formerly 33755, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 4 April 1918, aged 20. Born: Hale. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Alfred. Buried in Caix British Cemetery, Somme, France.

JAMES WOOD

Private, 13136. 6 th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Died 10 August 1915. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Oldham. Believed to be buried at 7 th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Suvla, Turkey and commemorated on a special memorial there.

JOHN WOOD

Corporal, 18483. 12 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Date of death (cause uncertain) 25 May 1917, aged 21. Born: Poynton. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Henry Cooke Wood and Sarah Ann Wood, Lower Swine’s Eye, Woodford. Buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece.

Newspaper reports indicate John Wood was accidentally killed while official army records have it as killed in action.

Probably the John Henry Wood commemorated on the Poynton War Memorial and the Memorial inside Christ Church, Woodford.

SAMUEL WOOD

Private, 204571. “C” Company, 1 st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 26 September 1917, aged 40. Born: Stockport. Lived: New Mills. Enlisted: Buxton. Son of Samuel & Eliza. Husband of Alice Ann Wood, 78 Buxton Road, New Mills. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebekke, Belgium.

Presumed to be the S Wood commemorated on the New Mills War Memorial.

WILFRED WOOD

Private, 67603. “D” Company, 1/5 th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 30 September 1918, aged 20. Born: Sandbach. Enlisted: Stockport.

Son of Arthur, 50 Moss Lane, Alderley Edge. Buried in Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing, Nord, France.

Commemorated on the Alderley Edge War Memorial.

CHARLES WOODWARD

Private, 16301. 15 th Company, Machine Gun Corps (formerly 10817, Cheshire Regiment). Killed in action 28 July 1916. Born: Rowarth, Derbyshire. Enlisted: Stockport. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Possibly the man commemorated on the Disley War Memorial (which also includes the name of John Woodward) and the New Mills War Memorial (which also includes the names of G W and GH Woodward).

GEORGE W WOODWARD

Private, 42971. 12 th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. Killed in action 26 October 1916. Born & lived: New Mills. Enlisted: Stockport. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Commemorated on the New Mills War Memorial which also includes the name of C Woodward and G H Woodward.

JOHN HENRY WOODWARD

Private, 34804. 2 nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (formerly 76505, Cheshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 October 1918. Born & lived: New Mills. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, France.

Presumed to be commemorated on the Disley War Memorial which also includes the name of Charles Woodward.

WILLIAM WOODWARD

Private, 316789. 9 th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action 14 June 1918, aged 20. Born & enlisted: Stockport. Son of Arthur Noel Woodward & Lucy Ann Woodward, 1 Lark Hill, Stockport. Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.

Desperately seeking information, his parents placed an advertisement in the Stockport Advertiser, 19 July 1918. “Signaller William Woodward, Royal Welsh Fusiliers was reported missing between May 28 and June 14 this year. Any information concerning him will be gratefully received by his parents at 1 Lark Hill, Brinksway, Stockport.”

HENRY W WOOLLER

Private, 93998. 2/7 th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. Killed in action 21 March 1918, aged 38. Born: Wood Green, Middlesex. Lived: Romford, Essex. Enlisted: Stockport. Husband of Emma, 71 Como Street, Romford. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

JAMES SAMUEL WOOLLEY

Private, 44059. 16 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 22 October 1917, aged 37. Born: Chinley. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Charles & Elizabeth. Husband of Lily Elizabeth Frost (formerly Woolley), 7 Walker Street, Denton. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke Belgium.

JAMES A WORSLEY

Sergeant, 205023. 6 th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Date of death (cause unknown) 5 June 1920, aged 40. Husband of Margaret, 23 George Street West, Stockport. Buried in Stockport Borough Cemetery.

JOHN WORSLEY

Private, 244023. 1/5 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died 12 April 1918, aged 21. Born: Ringway, Cheshire. Enlisted: Stockport. Buried in St Wilfrid’s Churchyard, Northenden.

Presumably the man commemorated on the Memorial inside St Wilfrid’s Church.

THOMAS WORTH

Private, 11134. 1 st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. Died of wounds 7 July 1916. Born: Stockport. Lived: Matlock. Enlisted: Wirksworth. Buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France.

ALBERT ERNEST WORTHINGTON

Private, 65043. 12/13 th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died, as a prisoner of war, 4 November 1918. Born: Reddish. Enlisted: Chester.

Buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Germany.

THOMAS ALFRED WORTHINGTON

Private, 65462. Labour Company, King’s ( Liverpool) Regiment. Died 1 March 1917, aged 39. Born: Reddish. Lived: Wilmslow. Enlisted: Chester. Son of Thomas & Margaret. Husband of Elizabeth J Worthington, 72 Bank Street, Macclesfield. Buried in St Bartholomew’s Churchyard, Wilmslow.

Commemorated on the Wilmslow War Memorial and the Memorial at St Bartholomew’s Church.

HUBERT ANTHONY WRAGG

Sergeant, 293429. 2 nd/1 st Kent Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 10 November 1918, aged 33. Born: Bristol. Lived: Cheadle Hulme, Enlisted: Manchester. Son of John & Mrs E Wragg, Jennings Street, Tu Keito, Hamilton, New Zealand. Buried in Handsworth Cemetery, Birmingham.

HERBERT WILFRED WRAY

Private, 24042. 13 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 7 July 1916. Born: Lancaster. Enlisted: Stockport. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

THOMAS WRENCH

Corporal, 8511. 7 th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 January 1917. Born & lived: Stockport. Enlisted: Leek. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

GEORGE WRIGHT

Private, 8430. 1 st Battalion, King’s ( Liverpool) Regiment. Killed in action 4 November 1914. Husband of Alice, Higher Thomas Street, Heaton Norris. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

JAMES E WRIGHT

Sergeant Major, 1513. 3 rd County of London Yeomanry. Date of death (casue unknown) 20 January 1918, aged 52. Born: Stockport. Son of John & Hannah. Husband of Eliza, 9 Barrow Hill Road, St John’s Wood, London, Buried in Paddington Cemetery, London.

JOHN HENRY WRIGHT

Private, 50256. 9 th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 March 1918, aged 21. Born: Manchester. Enlisted: Stockport. Son of Mark & Mary, Hey Head, Cheadle. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Commemorated on a Memorial on the site of the former Hey Head Congregational Church, Ringway Road, near Manchester Airport and also commemorated on the Memorial inside St Wilfrid’s Church, Northenden.

THOMAS HULME WRIGHT

Private, 35786. 16 th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (formerly 2226, Cheshire Yeomanry). Killed in action 27 September 1918, aged 20. Born & enlisted: Stockport. Son of James & Hannah, 7 Leek Street, Stockport. Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

WILLIAM WRIGHT

Lance Corporal, 10729. 1 st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. Killed in action 12 March 1915. Born: Stockport. Enlisted: Mansfield. Eldest son of Aaron Wright, 23 Princes Street, Mansfield (formerly of Stockport). Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Before joining the army in 1909 as a regular soldier, had been an apprentice iron moulder working locally for Henry Hollingdrake & Sons Ltd. Was a member of the Battalion’s light machine gun section and a comrade wrote saying he was “serving his gun to the last”.

FREDERICK WYATT

Private, 419. 1/9 th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 12 July 1915, aged 27. Born: Marple. Lived: Dukinfield. Enlisted: Ashton under Lyne.

Husband of Emma Mutter (formerly Wyatt), 4 Francis Street, Dukinfield. Buried in Skew Bridge Cemetery, Krithia, Turkey.

Commemorated on the Dukinfield War Memorial.

JAMES WILLIAM WYCH

Sergeant, 8625. 4 th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 6 August 1915, aged 29. Born: Stockport. Lived: Oldham. Enlisted: Ashton under Lyne. Son of John & Alice, 25 Marine Street, Oldham. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 
   
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