267249 Private William Edward Childs,
11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.
Killed in action, France/Flanders, 15 August 1917.
Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. The register does not record any personal details.
Reported in the Burnley News of 1 September 1917: -
HAPTON SOLDIER'S DEATH REPORTED.
News has been received by Mrs Childs of 13, Manchester
Road, Hapton, that her son William Edward Childs, 267249, Cheshire Regiment,
was killed on August 15th. The intimation comes from Private S. Hornall,
20442, Devon Regiment, who wrote as follows to Mrs Childs on August 23rd
- "Dear Madam, I cannot say how sorry I am to inform you of the loss
of your son, Private William E Childs, of the Cheshire Regiment, I found
him killed on July 15th, and these photos and disc, which I enclose, were
by his side; and as your address was also on his letters, I thought I
would let you know at once. Your son was not in the same regiment as myself,
as you will see from my enclosed address, but I hope I have fulfilled
my duty in writing to you."
Private Childs enlisted on October 13th, 1916. He was on first joining the Army, placed in the 2/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, but was transferred to another battalion on arriving at the front. Previous to his enlistment he was employed as a weaver at Ashworth Brothers Mill, Hapton. Private Hornall has evidently made a mistake in writing July 15th instead of August 15th, as Mrs Childs received a letter from her son with the field post mark August 14th, and further proof of this is that one of the returned photos was only sent from Blackpool to private Childs on August 1st. The disc, which was returned, was for the first battalion he entered on joining the Army.
The same report appeared in the Burnley Express.