In the latter part of the month a number of casualties are recorded from the 1st/6th Battalion - not really part of the story of the 1st Battalion. However they have been included to show the very young age of some of these soldiers who were in Stockport in August 1914, part of the Cheshire Brigade, Welsh Division.

On 10 November 1914 they left the Division and landed in France and on the 17 December 1914 were attached to 15th Brigade, 5th Division, alongside the 1st Battalion. On the 11th it commenced duty in the Wulverghem sector.




1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment
N.C.O.s and Men of the 1st Battalion,
Killed in Action, December 1914

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10th December 1914 - Bailleul
 
Samuel HILDITCH


Rank:
Private 10006
Age:
25
Date of Death:
10 December 1914 (Died of wounds)


Additional Information:
Born: at Sandbach, Cheshire.  Enlisted: at Crewe, Cheshire.
Son of Edwin and Annie Hilditch, of Crewe, Cheshire.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
III. B. 61.


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Walter WILLIAMSON


Rank:
Private 1524 (1st/6th Battalion)
Age:
19
Date of Death:
12 December 1914 (Killed in Action)


Additional Information:
Born: at St Thomas', Hyde, Cheshire.  Enlisted: at Hyde, Cheshire.
Son of Frank and Sarah Ann Williamson, of 8, Cross Cliffe, Apethorn, Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
Panel 19 - 22


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Joseph CLARKE


Rank:
Private 1708 ("A" Coy, 1st/6th Battalion)
Age:
25
Date of Death:
16 December 1914 (Died of wounds)


Additional Information:
Born: at Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire.  Enlisted: at Stockport, Cheshire.
Son of Hannah Clarke, of 104, School St., Higher Brinksway, Stockport, and the late Joseph Clarke.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
E. 4.


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Joseph PRICE


Rank:
Private 1367 (1st/6th Battalion)
Age:
17?
Date of Death:
20 December 1914 (Killed in Action)


Additional Information:
Born: at St Oswald's, Oswestry, Salop.  Enlisted: at Stockport, Cheshire.
Possibly: Son of Edward & Elizabeth Price of Oswestry.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
Sp. Mem. 1


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20th December 1914 - Wulverghan
Frederick RILEY (A.R.)


Rank:
Private 7008 ("D" Company)
Age:
n/k
Date of Death:
20 December 1914
(Died as a prisoner of war)


Additional Information:
Born: at All Saint's, Marple, Cheshire.  Enlisted: at Stockport, Cheshire.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
III. J. 4.


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Benjamin TURNER


Rank:
Private 1626 ("A" Coy., 1st/6th Battalion)
Age:
18
Date of Death:
20 December 1914 (Killed in Action)


Additional Information:
Born: at St Mary's, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs.  Enlisted: at Stalybridge, Cheshire.
Son of John and Eliza Turner, of 93, High St., Stalybridge, Cheshire.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
Panel 19 - 22


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24th December 1914 - Wulverghan
Edward James GREEN


Rank:
Private 9506
Age:
18?
Date of Death:
24 December 1914 (Died of wounds)


Additional Information:
Born: at St Peter's, Birkenhead, Cheshire.  Enlisted: at Birkenhead, Cheshire.
Possibly: Former inmate of Birkenhead Workhouse (1901 aged 5)
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
I. A. 14.


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James SMITH


Rank:
Corporal 8336
Age:
23
Date of Death:
24 December 1914 (Died of wounds)


Additional Information:
Born: at Liverpool.  Enlisted: at Liverpool.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
G. 6.


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Wilfred PLATT


Rank:
Private 1562 (1st/6th Battalion)
Age:
18
Date of Death:
24 December 1914 (Died of wounds)


Additional Information:
Born: at St Paul's, Stalybridge, Cheshire.  Enlisted: at Stalybridge, Cheshire.
Probably: Son of the late William & Mary Frances Platt (née Bamford) of Stalybridge.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
G. 5.


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John CARRUTHERS


Rank:
Private 1436 (1st/6th Battalion)
Age:
18
Date of Death:
24 December 1914 (Killed in Action)


Additional Information:
Born: at Christ Church, Stockport, Cheshire.  Enlisted: at Stockport, Cheshire.
Son of John and Margaret Carruthers.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
Panel 19 - 22


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Henry ROBERTS


Rank:
Private 2150 (1st/6th Battalion)
Age:
23
Date of Death:
24 December 1914 (Killed in Action)


Additional Information:
Born: at Hadfield, Derbyshire.  Enlisted: at Glossop, Derbyshire.
Son of Mrs. Eliza Roberts, of 4, Brosscroft, Hadfield, Manchester.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
Panel 19 - 22


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Cornelius BAMFORD


Rank:
Private 8251
Age:
22
Date of Death:
24 December 1914 (Killed in Action)


Additional Information:
Born: at Elton, Bury, Lancs.  Enlisted: at Chester, Cheshire.
Son of William and Isabella Bamford, of Back Arthur St., Bury; husband of Marie Waldron (formerly Bamford), of 2, Parson's Court, Elton, Bury.
Buried/Commemorated:

Grave Number:
Panel 19 - 22


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Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
The following 4 N.C.O.s and men of the 1st Battalion were killed in action or died of their wounds during December 1914:



 
Men of the 1st/6th Battalion
Such was the intensity of the fighting around Ypres that most of the men killed in action during the First Battle were never given a formal burial and have, therefore, no known grave. Instead they are commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. (right)

Every evening since 1928, at precisely eight o'clock, the Last Post - the traditional salute to the fallen soldier - has been played under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper, Belgium.

...... about the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate.
The First Phase of the War had come to an end around 22 November, so, not surprisingly the men of the 1st Battalion spent most of December in billets in and around Bailleul and Dranoutre. However, under pressure from the French, limitted attacks were renewed around Yser and Ypres.

Half of the Battalion at a time, by Company, were in and out of trenches at Wulvergham between the 18th and 28th December, but casualties were light. Generally, trench conditions were truly appalling; there were too few men and insufficient supplies of equipment and ammunition.

On the 24th December 5 new Officers and 444 NCOs and men joined the Battalion from England, so that now new additions numerically outnumbered the remnants of the original Battalion that had set out from Belfast in August.

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