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  • 23065 Private William Arthur Wyler was killed in action on 7 June 1917,  during the Battle of Messines and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
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Nottingham
He was the son of John and Clara Whyler and the brother of John, Clara, Gertrude and Mabel Whyler. In 1901 they lived at 15 Stanhope Street Nottingham. He was the husband of Annie Elizabeth Whyler and the father of Elsie, Mary, Herbert Henry, Thomas Albert and another eleven month old son. In 1911 they lived at 56 Thoresby Street Nottingham.
In 1901 and 1911 he made boxes and packing in a saw mill.
07 Jun 1917
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910803 - CWGC Website
23065
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
William Arthur Whyler entered theatre (France) after 1 January 1916 and was probably conscripted. On 7 June 1917 the battalion took part in the Battle of Messines. At 3.10. am they heard the mines explode all across the front line and then they waited but no orders were received to move up and exploit the advance. It was noon on a hot June day when orders came to move to Vierstraat Switch. The battalion moved off at 12.30 pm but at 12.50 am a cyclist orderly met them with orders to move to China Wall (Trench system). Eventually they were ordered to move to Wytschaete Ridge and then advance down the ridge to the new front line but it was chaos and the enemy artillery sent over 5.9s which hit the battalion. By 7pm the battalion eventually regrouped and two companies occupied the Mahieu Line, with two in reserve. William was one of six battalion fatalities during these movements. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial John Morse
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  • 23065 Private William Arthur Wyler was killed in action on 7 June 1917,  during the Battle of Messines and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
    William Arthur Wyler name on Memorial - 23065 Private William Arthur Wyler was killed in action on 7 June 1917, during the Battle of Messines and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse