Winson Tallent, Gunner 705622, “C” Bty. 275th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Died of wounds 10th April 1918 in France, aged 29
Winson Tallent was born in 1889 in Hazel Grove, Cheshire, the son of Alice and Winson Holgate Tallent. By 1891, the family had moved to Clitheroe, Lancashire, where Winson’s father was a cotton manufacturer, and where brothers John, George and Godfrey were born. Ten years later, the family had moved to Macclesfield and Winson Snr was landlord of the Lord Byron Inn at 41 Bridge Street (now Chapel Street), south Macclesfield; the family lived at this address until after 1911.
On the night of the 1901 and 1911 censuses, Winson was staying with his grandparents, Sarah and John Gresty, at Chapel St, Hazel Grove; in 1911 he was employed as a solicitor’s clerk.
Winson enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on 2 September 1914. He was first drafted overseas to Egypt on 4 June 1915, and was officially reported wounded on 6 and 19 November 1917. He was repatriated to England for treatment.
After his recovery, Winson returned to France on 27 March 1918; he was wounded again and died from his wounds just ten days later on 10 April.
On 1 June 1918, the Macclesfield Courier reported that Winson had been killed:
GUNNER WINSON TALLENT – On Friday last, Mrs Tallent, of 44 London Road, Hazel Grove, and formerly of Macclesfield, received official intimation that her son, Gunner Winson Tallent, of the Royal Field Artillery, died in France, on May 10th*, of wounds received in action.
Gunner Tallent, who was 29 years of age, joined the Army on September 2nd 1914, and had served in Egypt and in France. He was gassed in the offensive at Paschendale Ridge last autumn, and invalided to England. After recovery, he was attached to a Reserve Brigade of the RFA, proceeding to France on a draft on March 27th, and beyond a note written next day announcing his arrival, nothing further was heard from him until his mother received a letter from his Battery Commander, informing her of the death of her son from wounds… The Captain, in the course of his letter, mentioned that the glorious deeds of the 55th Division, to which Tallent belonged, had been recorded in the newspapers, and added, “Your son did his share nobly.”
At the time he enlisted, Gunner Tallent resided with the family in Macclesfield, but he was born in Hazel Grove, where he spent his youth. His pleasant countenance and engaging manner endeared him to everyone he came in contact with, and he will be much missed by the relatives and friends. After leaving school he was with Mr Albert Oldfield, solicitor, whom he left to enter the employ of a firm of leading shippers in Manchester.
His brother George, of the South Lancashires, whose photo** recently appeared in our columns, was killed in action on April 9th. Two other brothers are still serving, and another brother was invalided out of the Army owing to ill-health.
*Some local sources give the date of death as 10 May 1918, but official records seem to indicate that Winson died on 10 April 1918.
**No photo has been found, but an obituary for George Tallent was previously printed in the newspaper.
Brother of George Tallent, who served as L/Cpl 202384 with the South Lancashire Regiment and died of wounds on 9 April 1918; Frank Tallent, who served as 2nd Lieut. with the Royal Field Artillery and was awarded a silver war badge and invalided out of the Army in November 1916; John Tallent, who served as Sgt 122185 with the Royal Garrison Artillery at A.A. Gun Station, Ingatestone, Essex; and Godfrey Tallent, who served as Driver (Motor Transport) 13326 with the Australian Imperial Force.
Private Winson Tallent has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 3 of Loos Memorial, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Winson Tallent, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Winson Tallent is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, Christ Church School and Macclesfield Grammar School war memorials. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Hazel Grove (Civic) and Norbury (St Thomas) Church, London Road, war memorials, and on the Manchester City Battalions Roll of Honour for Beith, Stevenson & Co Ltd of 14 Bridge St, Manchester.
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (Find My Past): Norbury Parish Church, near Stockport
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
War Office Weekly Casualty Lists (The Genealogist)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Courier: 1 June 1918