William Ernest Cross, Gunner 161557, 146th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in action 23rd October 1918 in Nord, France
William Ernest Cross was baptised on 10th June 1891 at Christ Church, Macclesfield, the son of Elizabeth Ann and William Henry Cross, a fustian cutter of 5 Old Meadow, Macclesfield (Old Meadow is a short street off Bridge Street, adjacent to the Drill Hall). By 1901 the family had moved to 26 Market Place, where William’s father was a publican, and nine year old William had siblings Arthur (7; mistakenly entered as aged 6 in the census), May (5) and Edie (1).
By 1911 the family had moved again, to 20 Chatham Street, and then included Lily, aged eight. Nineteen-year-old William was employed as a shirt cutter and his father was a mineral water carter.
On 1st April 1916 William married 24-year-old spinster Nellie Snape at St Andrew’s Church, Levenshulme. At that time he was employed as a cutter-mechanic and lived at 16 Livesey Street, Levenshulme; the couple lived in Levenshulme after their marriage.
William enlisted in Manchester; unfortunately his service records do not appear to have survived.
Gunner William Cross is buried in Grave Ref. North-West corner of Plot III. in the Le Cateau Communal Cemetery, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Gunner William Cross.
Brother of Arthur Cross, who served as Private 49603 with the 13th Battalion Cheshire Regiment and was killed in action in France on 10 October 1916.
Thanks to Roy, grandson of Edith Cross, for the photo and his assistance in compiling this information.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: Christ Church, Macclesfield
Manchester Parish Marriage Registers: St Andrew’s Church, Levenshulme
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website