Wrigley, William

William Wrigley, Private 35287, 13th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 21st October 1916 in the Somme, France, aged 21

 

Wrigley-W P1Park Green W-endEARLY LIFE

William Wrigley was born in Macclesfield in 1895, the son of Mary Ann and Henry Wrigley, a Boot Lace Maker of 34 Heapy Street.

In 1911, at the age of 15, William was living at the same address with his parents, younger brothers Harry and Sam, and cousin Mary Jane Wrigley, and was employed as a Plumbers Apprentice.

 

WW1 SERVICE

When William enlisted in Macclesfield on 29th January 1916 he was working as a domestic plumber; his employer, Albert E. Brees of 111 Mill Street, Macclesfield, provided the following reference:

“William Wrigley has been in my employ for the past seven years as an apprenticed sanitary plumber, during which time he has proved himself a most industrious and efficient workman.”

William’s medical examination took place at Macclesfield Town Hall, where he was found to be 5 feet 9¼ inches tall, weighing 129 pounds with a 33½ inch chest measurement, and had grey eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.

William was mobilized on 17th February 1916 and after training, embarked for the Cheshire’s Depot in France on 4th July 1916, joining the 13th Battalion in the Field on 18th July. William was killed in action on 21st October 1916.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private William Wrigley has no known grave and he is named on Pier and Face 3C and 4A of the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Wrigley.

In Macclesfield, Private William Wrigley is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St Peter’s Church war memorials.


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