William Naden, Private 44177, 1st Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Killed in action 21st April 1918 in France, aged 19
Son of Thomas and Hannah Naden, of II Court, 2 House, King Edward St, Macclesfield.
William enlisted in the 4th Cheshire Regiment, with service number 243548, but was later transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment. It seems likely that William overstated his age by five years, as the CWGC records show him as being 24 years of age when he died.
On 17 May 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that William had been killed:
News has been received that Pte Wm Naden, Ches Regt, 1 Copper St, was killed in action in France on April 24th. Nineteen years of age, Pte Naden, who was educated at St Peter’s and Byron Street Council Schools, only went out to France about five weeks ago. He enlisted nearly eighteen months ago, and was home on leave at Easter. A brother is a prisoner of war in Germany, being captured at the battle of Mons, and a brother-in-law [Frank Cundiff] and two cousins have also been killed. Two cousins are prisoners of war, and eight other relatives are also serving.
A photograph of Private Naden was printed in the Macclesfield Times the following week.
A brother also served and became a prisoner of the Germans at the battle of Mons.
Private William Naden is buried at Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France, in grave ref. II. H. 25. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Naden, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
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Macclesfield Times: 17 and 24 April 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)