William Harold Collier, Rifleman 242690, 2nd/5th Bn, South Lancashire Regiment (attd. Base Supply Depot, Army Service Corps)
Died of wounds 15th January 1918 in France, aged 24
Nephew of Miss A Collier, 223 Hurdsfield Road, Macclesfield.
William’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 25 January 1918:
DEATH IN HOSPITAL
Miss A Collier, 223 Hurdsfield Road, Macclesifeld, has received official intimation to the effect that her nephew, Pte William Harold Collier, South Lancs Regt, died in hospital at Rouen on January 15th. The cause of death is not stated. Pte Collier had previously been ill in hospital for about a month, and in his last letter he stated that he was at an employment base.
Pte Collier was twenty-four years of age and received his education at Rainow Wesleyan School… He was connected with Rainow Church. Pte Collier was formerly employed at Messrs J and T Brocklehurst (1911) Ltd, Hurdsfield, but for three years prior to enlistment he was engaged as a cotton doubler at the Clarence Mill, Bollington. He joined the Army in October, 1916, and was drafted out to France in February 1917. Mr James Ernest Collier, his twin brother, joined up yesterday. The late Pte Collier was a member of the Order of Foresters.
Rifleman William Collier is buried in Grave Ref. C. 5B. in Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Rifleman William Collier, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Rifleman William Collier is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials and on Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour. He is also erroneously named as Wm H Collins on the Macclesfield Ancient Order of Foresters Roll of Honour.
Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Bollington Clarence Mill Roll of Honour, and on the Rainow Holy Trinity Church and Rainow Tower Hill war memorials.
Twin brother of James Ernest Collier, who enlisted in January 1918 after William’s death.