Soldiers who Survived
Rank / Number
Date of Birth
Loyal North Lancashire
Private / 8469
6th October 1885
The Holt, Rainhill
William was from The Holt, Rainhill and born on 6th October 1885. He was the son of William and Helen Brady.
William joined the Army as a regular soldier in 1905 and served in South Africa, Mauritius and India until 1912 when he was transferred into the Reservists. After 7 years with the Colours he transferred to the Army Reserve for 5 years.
At the outbreak of war he was recalled and reposted to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 11th Battalion who were among the first to arrive in France. They landed at Le Havre on 13th August 1914.
William took part in the battles at Mons, Marne, Aisne and the first Battle of Ypres where he had been tasked with taking enemy trenches in the village of Gheluvelt He was captured and taken to a POW camp at Gustrow.
In 1915 he was recorded as being in a work camp in Tingleff on the Danish border where he remained for 4 years and 62 days before being repatriated via Leith in January 1919. He was discharged to the Reserves on 4th April 1919. His address after the war was 41 Grant Street, St Helens.
William qualified for 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal