1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

William Kirkman

Contributed by: Janetta Short, on 2008-11-10

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Rank
First Name William
Surname Kirkman
Year of Birth 1885
Year of Death 1917
Regiment Royal Welch Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Bolton, Lancashire

William's Story

He was the life and soul of the company

William Kirkman drumer 20677 of The Royal Welch Fusiliers was my Grandfather. He enlisted January 1915 and was killed in action 1st september 1917. His grave is in Bard Cottage cemetary, Boesinghe, Nr Ypres, Belgium. I found the visit to his grave last year a very moving experience. My thoughts as to how my grandmother, left with 4 young children would have coped must have been very difficult. I have the letter my Grandmother recieved from his superior officer. In it he says how the whole company were saddened by his death and then went on to say he was a brave soldier who was the life and soul of the company. I am very proud of him.

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