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East Kirkby
William was born in 1881 at East Kirkby, Nottinghamshire the son of George and Elizabeth Rennocks, he had 7 brothers and sisters and on the 1911 Census the family is shown as living at 3 St Albans Road, Arnold, he is still single and his occupation is that of hosiery manufacturer.
He was employed as a hosiery manufacturer
09 Apr 1917
36
566227 - CWGC Website
R/14981
Rifleman
He enlisted in Nottingham into the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and was posted to their 9th Battalion,On the 9th April 1917, the day William was killed in Action, the British Army opened the battle of Arras in an attempt to force the Germans away from the river Aisne sector where the French Army was about to attack. Three British Armies were engaged with General Sir E Allenby’s Third army in the centre about Arras, northwards the First Army under General Sir H Horne was poised to attack Vimy Ridge and to the south was General Sir H. Gough’s Fifth Army about to advance on the Hindenburg Line around Bullecourt. Considerable ground was taken on the first day, including Vimy Ridge by the Canadians. Gough made little progress in the south and resistance from the Germans was growing fast. It was then on the first day of this massive attack by the British that William was killed in Action, he is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France, Plot IV. Row B. Grave 27.
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