Baguley, William

William Baguley, Private 2498, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died 11th August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 24

 

Baguley-W P1150661 webEARLY LIFE

William Baguley was born in 1890, the son of Alice and William H Baguley, a stone dresser of Kerridge.

 

WW1 SERVICE

The death of Private Baguley was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 3 September 1915:

PRIVATE WILLIAM BAGULEY – The first death to be recorded is that of Private William Baguley, 10 Oak Lane, Kerridge. In civil life he was a paper finisher employed by the firm of Messrs H and L Slater, Bollington. He was 24 years of age, married, and a baby has been born since he enlisted last October. deceased was the son-in-law of Mr T Davies, joiner, of Grimshaw Lane, who was formerly a member of the Bollington Urban District Council.

The Rev Arthur Walters, chaplain to the 53rd Welsh division, has written: “I expect you will have heard by now of the sad news of the death of your husband. He was killed whilst fighting in the Dardanelles on Wednesday August 10th. He suffered little or no pain. We buried him on the brow of a hill by the sea and placed a cross to mark his resting place. He was a brave fellow and died for his country…”

One of his comrades, Private W Oldfield of Bollington Cross, and now in hospital in Liverpool suffering from wounds, said he saw Baguley wounded. When he noticed him a second time he was of the opinion that he was dead.

Private Baguley was educated at the Bollington Wesleyan School and was a member of the Rechabites Order. He attended Kerridge Sunday School and was a playing members of the Kerridge football team.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private William Baguley has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 75 to 77 on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Baguley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Private William Baguley is commemorated on the Bollington (Palmerston St), Kerridge (Oak Lane) and Kerridge Sunday School war memorials.


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