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WW1 Casualty: Lance Corporal 22038 William Chorley -

Lance Corporal 22038 William Chorley

Unit/Regiment 20th Bn., King's (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death 06/05/1916 Age at Death 21
& Reference
La Neuville Communal Cemetery
CWGC Family Details (if shown) Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Chorley, of Stank Lane, Whiston, Lancs.

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Census Details 1911 -
17 year old William was a Fitter's Apprentice at the Wire Works. He lived at the Ship Inn, Whiston Cross, with his parents Thomas and Fanny who ran the business
SDGW – Where Born Whiston
Enlisted Liverpool
Resided Whiston
How Died Died of Wounds Theatre of War France & Flanders
Notes The BI “Link” magazine of July 1916 reported that he had died of wounds in hospital.
Research Ref. No. BI-025

Service Details

Private Chorley is remembered on the BICC War Memorial

He enlisted to the 20th Battalion of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment on 9th November of 1914, giving his address as 12, Stank Lane, Whiston. He then went to France with them on 7th November 1915. On 20th January 1916, he was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal (unpaid).

On 6th May 1916, he was admitted to No 21 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from Gunshot Wounds to the head and both hands. Despite treatment, he died the same day of his injuries.

The Battalion War Diary for that date shows that they were based near to Maricourt in France. Although some light shelling is recorded, the diary does not make mention of any casualties on that date. William is the only man of his battalion in the War Graves Commission registers for that date.

L/Cpl Chorley was entitled to the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. The extract from the Medal Rolls, below, shows a series of men of hos unit who went to France at the same time and all of whom are recorded as deceased.

Pte Chorley's father, Thomas, is listed as next of kin in the Register of Soldiers Effects

Pte Chesworth's gave at La Neuville, courtesy of George Simpson

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