William Albert Davenport, Private 17785, 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 13th May 1916 in Somme, France, aged 23
William Albert Davenport was baptised on 6th March 1895 at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Ann and William Davenport, a fireman of 14 Knight’s Brow, Macclesfield. By 1901 the family had moved to 177 Victoria St, Newton in Mottram, Hyde, Cheshire and six year old William was living there with his parents and one year old sister Florence. Another two siblings, Winifred and Joseph, were born in 1902 and 1903.
William’s father died in 1907 and was buried on 22nd April at the Parish Church, Newton Moor. His widow married Samuel Ashwood at St George’s Church, Hyde in early 1908, and by 1911 William, now 16 and still living at 177 Victoria Street with his family, was employed as a general labourer at an envelope works.
William attested at Hyde, Cheshire, and was drafted to France with the 10th Cheshire regiment on 26th September 1915. It is not known when William was wounded, but he died of his wounds on 13th May 1916, aged 23, in the preliminary skirmishes leading up to the Battle of the Somme.
Private William Davenport is buried in Grave Ref. A. 20. 36. of the St Sever Cemetery in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Davenport, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.