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Person Details
William was born at Hucknall in 1898, the son of Alfred and Ellen. In the 1911 Census the family are shown living at 46 Sherbrook Road, Daybrook. He was one of a large family of ten children and he was a member of the Daybrook Baptist Church.
31 Jul 1917
1626628 - CWGC Website
Manchester Regiment
He enlisted into the army in 1915, joining the Sherwood Foresters as a Private with regimental number 3876, but he was transferred into the Manchester Regiment in May 1915, joining their 16th battalion In France he was employed as a Company Runner delivering messages between his Company and Battalion Headquarters during attacks on the Pilckem Ridge and during one of the German counter attacks that William was sent forward from battalion headquarters with a very important message for one of the front line companies. During his difficult journey over the cratered ground he was caught by the explosion of a German shell and killed in action
He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium His elder brother John Thomas also served and died in the 'Great War'
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  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
    William Henry Tolley - Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley