Date of Death:28/08/1917
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Grave Reference:44. C.E. 6819.
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William Chadwick was born in Crompton in 1897. His parents were John, a foundry labourer, and Mary. He had one sibling, Thomas who was born in 1901. At the time of the 1901 census the family had moved to the Balderstone area of Rochdale. Sadly, Mary died one year later at the age of 39 when William would have been 3 or 4 and Thomas only 1. His father then took the two boys to live with his mother Deborah on Castleton Road in Thornham.
Little is known at this point about William's military service but he was originally a member of the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment before being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was injured by gunshot wounds to the left shoulder and left leg but unfortunately septicemia set in and William died at the 3rd Western General Hospital in Cardiff on August 28th,1917. Rather than having the military bury him in Wales, his family arranged for his body to be buried in the same grave as his mother in Crompton Cemetery.