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William was born at Arnold in 1893, the son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Peck and was educated at the British School. In the 1911 Census the family is shown as living at 2 Hardstaff Yard, Arnold. He is 18 yrs of age and his occupation is that of a coal miner, he had 3 siblings.
He was employed as a coal miner
23 Oct 1918
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6th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
He enlisted at Nottingham into the Sherwood Foresters with number 19688 (this number indicates he probably served with the 10th Battalion). It is most probable that at some time he was wounded and after recovery was sent to the Base Depot at Etaples in France, where he was posted to the 6th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment, as they were in the greatest need of reinforcements at the time. Between the 17th and the 31st of October 1918, the British smash through the German line running along the river Selle, killing many and taking some 20,000 prisoners. By the end of October the Germans have been forced back across the Scheldt River along a 20 mile front and the pressure on the Germans is continued without a break. It was in this offensive that William was killed in action when pressing forward towards the German lines on the 23rd October 1918.
He is buried at the Ovillers New Communal Cemetery, Solesms, France
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