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William Christopher BORROWDALE

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Forename(s): William Christopher

Place of Birth: Tunstall, Lancashire

Service No: 49734

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 21st Division

Age: 34

Date of Death: 1918-04-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 108 to 111.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

William Christopher Borrowdale was the son of Matthew and Isabella Borrowdale, née Lawrence. Matthew was born at Penrith, Cumberland and Isabella at Tunstall, Lancashire.

1891 Tunstall, Lancashire Census: William C. Borrowdale, aged 7 years, born Tunstall, son of Matthew and Isabella Borrowdale.

1901 Ireby, Lancashire Census: Stainderber - William Borrowdale, aged 17 years, born Tunstall, Lancashire. [William was employed by Edward Dodgson, Farmer.]

1911 Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire Census: High Street - William Borrowdale, aged 27 years, born Tunstall, Lancashire, son of Isabella Borrowdale (married).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William C. Borrowdale, 49734, K.O.Y.L.I.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Christopher Borrowdale, 49734, 9th Yorks L. I. D. of W. 22.4.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Christopher Borrowdale, 49734, 9th Bn K.O.Y.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 22.4.18. Wounds. France [sic]. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Isabella. £6 9s. 8d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for William. Name(s) on card(s): Mrs Isabella Borrowdale, born 1857. Relationship: Mother and Guardian of Soldier's Child. [The child was Ivy Lilian Borrowdale, born 4.3.09., the daughter of William's sister, Margaret Ann Borrowdale. The 1921 Census shows Ivy living with her grandmother, Isabella and states: Father Dead.]. Address 1. Stone Bower Cottages, High Street, Burton-in-Lonsdale. Address 2. C/o Mrs Wright, 65, Mount Pleasant, Barrow in Furness. [Name and address of William's sister, Ada.]

William was mortally wounded when his battalion were in positions close to the town of Wytschaete in Belgium. Whilst there the battalion suffered some losses due to 'friendly fire'.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private William Christopher BORROWDALE

Private William Christopher BORROWDALE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

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Forename(s): William Christopher

Born: Tunstall, Lancs


Enlisted: Halifax

Number: 49734

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 22/04/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records


Forename(s): William Christopher

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 49734

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 34


Died Date: 22/04/1918

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Isabella Borrowdale, of Stone Bower Cottages, Burton-in-Lonsdale, Carnforth.



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

14 December 1917


During the week the following have joined the forces:- Wm. Fletcher, Wm. Borrowdale, John Harrison and John Coates. The latter was a bell ringer and choir man at All Saints' Church, a member of the Institute Committee, and a member of the local billiard, cricket and football teams.

24 May 1918

Private W. C. Borrowdale, Burton-in-Lonsdale

Official information has been received by Mrs. Borrowdale, High Street, Burton-in-Lonsdale, that her only son Private William C. Borrowdale, K.O.Y.L.I., died of wounds received in action on April 22nd. Private Borrowdale, who was 34 years of age, enlisted in December last, and had only been in France three weeks. A sad feature is that he never had a home leave after joining the Forces.

07 June 1918

BURTON-IN-LONSDALE - Memorial Service

At All Saints' Church on Sunday a special service was held in memory of Private Wm. C. Borrowdale, K.O.Y.L.I., who died of wounds in France on April 22nd. A large congregation was present, including the Special Constables and the members of the V.T.C. The draped bier was placed in the chancel and floral tributes were laid against it. The Vicar gave an impressive address, urging all present to assist the soldiers by contributing to the War Savings Association. He laid stress on the quiet good humour of the deceased, his love of home and of method, as shown by his notebook. A fine tribute to his worth was read from an Officer of his Company. The service concluded with the playing of the Dead March in 'Saul'. A collection in aid of the local War Memorial Fund realised £1 3s.


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