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Born: 1896, Eccleshill
Died: 31 August 1916, Somme
Buried: NKG
Address: 43 Mount Terrace, Eccleshill
Parents: William and Amelia, nee Grant
Siblings: Minnie, Annie, Maud, Jennie, Fred (died, aged 1)
Occupation: Assistant warehouseman
Organisations/clubs: Eccleshill Congregational Sunday School
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill; Thiepval Monument
Regiment: Manchester Regt
William Waite
William Waite, known as Willie, was born in 1896 the son of William and Amelia, nee Grant. William died in 1908 aged 47 years and the remainder of the family moved to 57 Mount Avenue where in 1911 all the children were working, Willie as a piecer. Shortly after this census the family moved to live in Oldham where Willie, on the 24th of April 1915 ,enlisted in the 27th Reserve Battalion of the Manchester Regiment as Private 27237. He gave his address as 41 Nugget Street, Oldham. He was 19 years and 236 days of age and his
occupation is an assistant warehouseman. Willie transferred to the 23rd Service Battalion and in January 1916 landed at Boulogne and first went into the front line near Bethune on 7th March 1916 until the 15th. The Battalion moved to Sailly on the 4th April, Neuve Chapelle late April, and on May 1st raided the enemy trenches. During the battle of the Somme they served at Bus le Artios, Lealvillers, Bazincourt, Avelny Wood, Morlancourt and Happy Valley, Billon Wood and Talus Bois. On the 20th July they were in the action at Maltz Home Farm south
of Guillemont, and later at Trones Wood. On the 30th of July they moved back to Happy Valley and then to Sailly le Sec. On the night of the 20th of August they dug a new trench in advance of the line and then raided the German lines. For the rest of the month they were in support of other units trench digging. Willie lost his life on the 26th of August 1916 when there was little action. The Shipley Times & Express reported: “Pte Willie Waite of 57 Mount Avenue was killed on Friday morning, August 24th while on sentry duty. A shell burst behind him
and a piece killed him on the spot. “He was with the 23rd Manchester Regt and had only been in France six weeks. He was the only son and was associated with the Congregational Sunday School.” Willie was 20 years of age and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. He left his effects to his mother Amelia who received £2.15.3d on the 4th of December 1916 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 16th of August 1919.
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Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
From Shipley Times & Express 31 August 1917
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