William George Broadhurst, Private 39739, 5th Battalion, South Wales Borderers
Died 18th February 1917 in the Somme, France, aged 21
Son of William G. and Alice Broadhurst, of Yew Tree Farm, Newton, Prestbury, Macclesfield.
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The death of Private Broadhurst was reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 23 March 1917:
PRIVATE W G BROADHURST, OF NEWTON (KILLED) – Mr and Mrs W G Broadhurst, of Yew Tree Farm, Newton, near Adlington, have received the sad news of the death in action on February 18th of their son, Private William George Broadhurst, SWB. Deceased, who was 20 years of age, had been at the front but a few months. He enlisted in the Monmouthshire Regiment, but was transferred to the South Wales Borderers whilst in training at Park Hall Camp, Oswestry. Deceased was at one time a member of the Adlington Church Choir, together with two other brothers, who are serving in the Army. He was of a very cheerful disposition and the sad news will be felt by a large circle of friends. A memorial service was held at Woodford Church last Sunday, the 18th.
Private William Broadhurst has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. Pier and Face 4 A of the Thiepval Memorial in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Broadhurst.
Locally, Private William Broadhurst is commemorated on St Peter’s Church, Prestbury war memorial.