Lieutenant, 16th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment attached Royal Fusiliers.

Died of wounds on Friday 3rd December 1915, age 28.

Remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, panel 42.

Former student of Classics.



William, born on 14th October 1887, was the youngest son of Henry, a furniture remover and goods carrier, and Mary Ann Ormesher of Stockport. He was educated at Brentnall Street Higher Grade School and Stockport Grammar School. He gained a University scholarship and entered Manchester University in 1905 to study Classics and gained a BA and Teaching Certificate in 1908 and an MA in 1909. For a few months in 1908 he was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. After university William was a secondary school manager in Blandford, Dorset and then took a similar position in Leytonstone, London. In 1912 he was appointed as an English and Latin Master at Bridgnorth Grammar Schoool.

William was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in December 1914 into the 16th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment. In July 1915 he wrote to Bridnorth Grammar School describing an Officers rest camp close to Turkey floor where the floor of his living quarters was covered with bugs and lizards, his sleep disturbed by bellowing bull frogs, and noted that the sea in which he would go swimming contained a lot of seaweed. On being sent to Gallipoli William was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers and promoted for an act of bravery. He was wounded in the abdomen on November 28th 1915, while manning trenches that had been badly damaged by heavy rain pouring off the hills. He was evacuated, treated and stabilized, but died at sea aboard the Dunluce Castle on 3rd December whilst being moved to medical facilities in Malta. William left effects worth £334 17s 6d to his father.

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