William Brunt, Gunner 160467, “C” Bty. 71st Bde, Royal Field Artillery
Died 7th July 1917 near Ypres, Belgium
The death of William Brunt was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 10 August 1917:
Official intimation has reached Mrs Brunt, 19 Crompton Rd, Macclesfield, of the death of her husband, Gunner William Brunt, Royal Field Artillery. A letter from the Major states: “It is with very deep regret I have to inform you of the death in action of your husband, No 160467 Gunner W Brunt… The detachment was sent forward to an advanced position to do some special shooting… For five days the detachment stuck to its post… the work was all but complete when an unlucky shell burst just behind the gun, killing several, including your husband and the officer in charge, and wounding the remainder…. Your husband was a fine soldier…
Gunner Brunt was twenty-eight years of age and was formerly in the employ of Mr William Kirk, cattle dealer. Two years prior to enlistment, he started business as a cattle dealer on his won account. Gunner Brunt joined the Royal Field Artillery just over twelve months ago, and was drafted out to France six months back. He was the brother-in-law of Councillor J H Webster, and the gunner’s nephew, Private George Gannon, Cheshire Regt, was reported missing at Suvla Bay in August 1915.
Gunner William Brunt is buried in Grave Ref. I. R. 18 of the Menin Road South Military Cemetery in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Gunner William Brunt, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.