Wilfred Bereton, Private 290470, 1st/7th Bn. Cheshire Regt.
Killed in action 24th July 1918 in France
Wilfred Brereton was born on 24 July and baptised on 18 September 1895 at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Hannah Brereton of 8 Duke Street, Macclesfield. In 1901, five-year-old Wilfred was living at 103 Bank Street with his mother, widowed grandmother, and brother Albert Edward Brereton, aged 18.
Wilfred was educated at St Paul’s Church, attaining Standard Grade IV, and in 1908, when employed as an errand boy and living at 3 Pool St, he enrolled at Macclesfield Technical School to further his education.
In the 1911 census Wilfred was recorded as living at 3 Pool Street with his mother and working as a paper printer.
Wilfred joined the local 7th Cheshire (Territorial) Regiment, initially receiving service number 2248, later changed to 290470. He was not drafted overseas until after 1915, but had certainly enlisted by August 1916 when the Macclesfield Courier reported that his name was included in the roll of honour erected in the Park Street Methodist Church.
Wilfred was killed in action on 24 July 1918.
Private Wilfred Brereton is buried at Raperie British Cemetery, in grave ref. IIIA. D. 7. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Wilfred Brereton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Wilfred Brereton is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, Church Street West Methodist Chapel and Park Street Methodist Chapel war memorials, and Park Green United Methodist Church roll of honour.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (FindMyPast): St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield
National School Admission Registers and Log-books (FindMyPast): Macclesfield Technical School
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards (Ancestry)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website