William Torkington, Private 26668, 8th Battalion, Cheshire Regt
Died 30th April 1917 in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), aged 20
Son of Mrs. Mary Torkington, of Egerton Villas, Altrincham Rd., Wilmslow, Cheshire.
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The death of Private Torkington was reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 8 June 1917:
PRIVATE WILLIAM TORKINGTON, OF WILMSLOW (KILLED) – We are sorry to state that Mr and Mrs John Walker Torkington, of Egerton Villas, Water Lane, Wilmslow, and late of Gawsworth, received on Thursday last word from the War Office that their younger son, Private William Torkington, was killed in action on 30th April. Private Torkington, who was 20 years of age, joined the Army in June 1915, and was drafted with the Cheshire Regiment to Mesopotamia in November of the same year. While with the relief column bound for Kut he was wounded, and was in hospital with a fractured jaw in India and Egypt, being discharged in February of this year. Private Torkington rejoined his regiment in Mesopotamia on March 30, and was killed as stated. Prior to joining the Army he was studying for the calling of an electrical engineer, and also assisted his father with the farm at Gawsworth. Mr John Walker Torkington’s elder son is with the forces in France.
Private William Torkington has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 14 and 62 of the Basra Memorial, Iraq. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Torkington, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private William Torkington is commemorated on the Macclesfield King’s School, Wilmslow (Mill Street and St Bartholomew’s Church) and Gawsworth (Church Lane and St James Church) war memorials. In Wilmslow William is also remembered on the family gravestone at St Bartholomew’s Church, grave ref. B.K 17.