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William Francis Squires: Tuesday 2nd October 1917

William enlisted on 22 May 1916 when he was described as a single clerk 5’5¼” with a 35½” chest with a 2½” expansion.  He joined the 7th reserve cavalry unit.  He transferred to the Highland Light infantry with No 21585 on 20 June 1916 when he was described as “of good character”.  He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. (Cavalry) and was attached to 34th Company as Private 47658 on 17 August 1917.  He died of his wounds aged 19 and is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.  His military record survives and shows him as dying on 3 October while CWGC record his death as 2 October

He was born in Lewisham in 1898 and his parents, William Joseph and Eliza Jane lived at 23 Ravenslea Road.  In 1911 William senior was an overseer in the central telegraph office, General Post Office.  William was their only child.