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Name: William Joseph TELFORD
Casualty No.: Ranks: Acting Lance Corporal Initials: W J Service No.: 23/781
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : West Wylam, Northumberland. Age at Death: 42
Unit: 12 Platoon, C Company, 23rd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Scottish)
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 2 Kepier Chare, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Thursday 21st March 1918
Place of Death: Arras, France.
Battle/Campaign: 102nd Brigade, 34th Division, VI Corps, Third Army. Battles of the Somme, France, 1918. Battle of St. Quentin, 21st -23rd March 1918.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3.
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 3
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 8th May 1919. Blaydon Courier, page 8, 17th May 1919.
Family Details:
Eldest son of Frances and the late Thomas Telford. Husband of Margaret Telford of 2 Kepier Chare, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Five children.
Notes : William had been wounded in July 1916 (reported in the Blaydon Courier, Saturday 15th July 1916) but returned to active service when he recovered. Tragedy was to hit the family when, in October, 1912, their infant sons of 2 months, John and William, died within the space of 4 days. Another son, Thomas, aged 3 years, died 4 months later (2 children survived). A letter written by William to his sister, dated Tuesday 22nd January 1916, states that the Battalion were presently in billets resting. Men were singing and dancing and a good time was being had by all. William goes on to say that they had come up to the lines in mud and could not sleep at night because of the cold. He hoped they would all be home soon.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers died in the Great War.
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