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Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Gargrave, Yorkshire

Service No: 36979

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 37th Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1917-04-28

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

William Stockdale was the son of Albert and Nancy Stockdale, née Thompson. Both of William's parents were born at Gargrave, Yorkshire.

1901 Brierfield, Lancashire Census: 12, Chapel Street - William Stockdale, aged 3 years, born Gargrave, Yorkshire, son of Albert and Nancy Stockdale.

1911 Brierfield, Lancashire Census: 13, Montgue Street - Willie Stockdale, aged 13 years, born Gargrave, Yorkshire, son of Albert and Nancy Stockdale.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Stockdale, 36979, East Lancashire Regiment.

William is commemorated on the Brierfield War Memorial.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘From Mills to Marching and Back Again – A History of Gargrave from 1900 to 1925’ by Sue Lyall and Donavon Slaven with contributions from George Ingle, Ray Jones and Martin Thompson (2019).

Photograph: ‘Burnley Express’ (9 March 1918).

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Private William STOCKDALE

Private William STOCKDALE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

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Forename(s): William

Born: Gargrave, Yorks

Residence: Brierfield, Lancs

Enlisted: Nelson, Lancs

Number: 36979

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 28/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 36979

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 20


Died Date: 28/04/1917

Additional Information: Son of Albert and Nancy Stockdale, of 4, Mount St., Brierfield, Burnley.

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‘Burnley Express’ (9 March 1918)

(Kindly supplied by the website: Burnley in the Great War)


Death Now Presumed

As briefly stated in Wednesday’s issue, the death in action is now presumed of Pte. Wm. Stockdale, 36979, of the 8th East Lancashire Regiment, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stockdale 4, Mount-street, Brierfield. Pte. Stockdale joined up on October 30, 1916, and after training at Southport he went out to France in January, 1917. He was in action on several occasions round Arras. Then he was reported missing on April 28, 1917, by the War Office, and the authorities sent a letter last week stating that they presumed he was killed on that date or since. Letters from comrades who went into action with him said they had not seen him since that day. There are two other brothers on active service – one, Albert E. Stockdale, is a sergeant in the Flying Corps, and the other, Percy, is in the Navy, serving at present on a drifter and mine-sweeper.


8th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

A fresh attack on Greenland Hill was ordered for the 28th April. The Battalion was ordered to move forward in the rear of the 10th Loyal North Lancashire ‘to conform to the movements of this battalion, and to support it energetically.’ The Battalion was ordered further to occupy and consolidate the enemy front line trenches on the front to be attacked.

The attack progressed well; ‘D’ Company was left to occupy ‘Cuba Trench’ slightly short of the objective, whilst Lt. Speak pushed on with ‘C’ and rushed the next trench which was held. Lt. Speak was wounded and fell into a shell hole a few yards in rear of the objective; his men dug back to him and he remained in command until night. ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies had also reached their objectives, but were unable to get in touch with our troops on their left; they suffered some casualties from fire to the right flank. Two convenient communication trenches were utilised for protecting the flanks and the position was maintained until the Battalion was relieved on the night of April 28th/29th.

[William Stockdale was killed on the 28th April 1917.]

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