William Henry Cartwright, Private 290374, 1st/7th Bn. Cheshire Regt.
Killed in action 23rd July 1918 in France, aged 26
William Henry Cartwright was born in Macclesfield in 1892, the eldest son of Margaret and Thomas Cartwright, a shoemaker of 29 Sunderland Street, Macclesfield. In 1911, nineteen-year-old William was employed as a painter and living at the same address with his parents and younger siblings Alice (18), Jessie (16) and John (13).
In 1912 William married Annie Shotton at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, and the couple set up home in Chelford Road. Their son, Wilfred, was born in 1916.
The death of Private William Cartwright was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 24 August 1918:
PRIVATE W H CARTWRIGHT – Mrs Cartwright, of 77 Chelford Rd, Broken Cross, has received information that her husband, Private William Henry Cartwright, Cheshire Regiment, was killed in France on July 23rd. He enlisted on the outbreak of war, and after training was drafted to Egypt. A few weeks ago he was sent to France. Private Cartwright was 28 years of age and attended Henbury Church. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Mr Glover, painter, Prestbury.
Private William Cartwright is buried at Raperie British Cemetery, in grave ref. X. B. 3. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Cartwright, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of John Thomas Cartwright, who served as Private 49154 with the 2nd/7th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) and died of pneumonia on 3rd December 1918 in France, aged 21.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1911
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Courier: 24 August 1918
Macclesfield Times: 23 September 1921 (Photo Supplement)