William Overend was born in 1885 in Eccleshill the son of Thomas and Ann Elizabeth, nee Schofield.Thomas, who was a butcher, died on the 22nd March 1893 aged 44 years and in his Will he left £1288.5.11d to his wife Ann in the care of James Braithwaite, a bookkeeper. By 1901 Ann was living at 8 Wellington Road and William at 16 years of age was working as a post office clerk.
William married Hilda Marshall in Bradford in 1908 when she was 24 years of age. His mother Ann died on the 22nd of March 1909 and in her Will she left £2447.10.2d to her son William.By 1911 William and Hilda were living at 130 Idle Road and William was a wool merchant (employer). A son Arthur had been born in 1909 and a daughter Marjorie was born in 1911.
William enlisted on the 6th of July 1916 as Gunner Signaller 201823 in the ‘C’ Battery of the 161st Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. His Brigade took part in many WW1 battles and William survived until the 29th of September 1918 when he was killed in action during the battles of the Hindenburg Line, 12th September to the 2nd October 1918, which was a series of large scale offensives to break the Line.William was killed on the first day of the Battle of St Quentin Canal and he was 33 years of age.
He is buried at the Bellicourt British Cemetery which was made after the Battle of St Quentin Canal when 73 dead were buried in what is now Plot 1.He left his effects to his widow Hilda who received £5.19.7d on the 15th March 1919, £0.1.4d on the 24th of April 1919 and a War Gratuity of £9.10.0d on the 9th December 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks