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Date of Birth
Date of Death
19 Apr 1917
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Gunner William George Cheshire, 131349, 70th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action in France on April 19th, 1917. He was aged 24 and had been a shoe repairer in Dallow Road, Luton, before joining up in April 1916.
In a letter to parents Walter and Lizzie Cheshire at 162 Dallow Road, Major S. Graham wrote: "Your son, Gnr Cheshire, was killed in action yesterday afternoon. He and a comrade were killed instantaneously by a shell and are buried together near the spot where they fell."
And Sgt White wrote that their son, who had been in his sub-section only a few days, was killed in action on April 19th. Expressing the sympathy of his comrades, he said Gunner Cheshire's death was instantaneous.
Ironically, a field card had arrived from their son on the same morning as the two letters saying he was quite well.
Gunner Cheshire, who was an only son, underwent three months training after enlisting and was drafted to France in August 1916.