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27 Aug 1884
Manchester
William Henry was born in 1885 the son of John Storer a stationary engine driver and Alice Ann Storer (née Moran). They had three children - William Henry b.1885 Manchester, Mary b.1885 Nottingham, James b.1889 Manchester . John and his family had moved to Nottingham and in 1894 his wife Alice died in Nottingham aged 29. John married Sarah Cook in 1895 and they had the following children, all born at Radford - Charles Henry b.1896, Alice Ann b.1897, Henry b.1898, Louise b.1898, Edward b.1901, Frank b.1902, Joseph b.1907 and Samuel b.1910. In 1911 they lived at 14, Bedford Row, Sneinton, Nottingham. John was a stationary engine attendant at a public baths. William Henry married Charlotte Brammer in 1909 in Nottingham and in the 1911 they lived at 322, Coventry Lane, Bulwell, Nottingham. They had a daughter Edith in 1912. At the time of William’s death, they lived AT 34, China Street, Bulwell.
He was a miner (hewer).
30 Apr 1915
30
3055165 - CWGC Website
CH/158(S)
Private
Royal Marine Light Infantry
William Henry Storer enlisted at Hucknall on 7th September 1914 and served with the Sherwood Foresters Regiment transferring to the Royal Marines Light Infantry. He was reported missing, later reported killed in action on 30 April 1915 in Mesopotamia, (unofficially reported killed in action at Gaba Tepe about 30/4/15) He has no known grave his name is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.
Storer was one of 'Kitchener's Marines' who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters to the RMLI. Des Turner notes '600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters 200 who were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1 to CH/200(S).' His brother Charles Henry Storer served in the Great War as a private in the Tank Coprs. He was killed in action on 10th August 1918, he has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial.
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