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William Dorward, 20th btn photos
« on: August 26, 2008, 05:23:24 PM »
 I am researching info on private William Dorward (12931 ) 20th btn Manchester Regiment, who lost his life 27/8/1916 aged 16 yrs. If  anyone can help me with any info about william, or if anyone can tell me where to obtain photographs of the 20th btn, that would be great.   
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Re: 20th btn photos
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008, 07:02:49 PM »
pte 12931 william dorward
19th manchesters
enlisted 27-5-15
aged 19[added 2yrs to his age]
occupation,labourer at messrs galloways Ltd,hyde rd,gorton
resided 42 armitage st,ardwick
father.william,an iron grinder,[died in salford 1912]
mother,jessie,remarried in 1916,became mrs jessie bailey
younger brother james
elder sister annie,two younger sisters,phyllis+jessie.
born 39 dundonald st,monifieth,dundee in 1899.
23-12-15.sailed for france,on the troopship SS king edward,joined the battalion at etaples the following day.
21-1-16,posted to,20th manchesters.[A.coy]
23-1-16,attatched to the 3rd entrenching battalion.
killed in action on 27-8-16,his body was recovered by a burial party,on the mametz-montauban rd,and buried in dantzig alley british cemetery,grave ref I.D.37.
william was in the 19th batts reserve company.
his 1915 star was sent to his mother,on 29-10-20,his war and victory medals,arrived on 14-7-21.

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Re: 20th btn photos
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008, 08:52:16 PM »
Hi applejack, and a Warm Welcome to our Forum  ;D

We have a history of the 20th "Pals" Battalion......I don't know if you've seen it http://www.themanchesters.org/20th%20batt.htm

I understand there are tons of un-identified photos at the museums, however as he was killed in 1916 his picture may have been reprinted in a local newspaper.

Wendi  :)

PS is he a relative of yours?
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Re: 20th btn photos
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008, 10:26:08 PM »
hi applejack

william's cwgc entry

Name:     DORWARD
Initials:    W
Nationality:    United Kingdom
Rank:    Private
Regiment/Service:    Manchester Regiment
Unit Text:    20th Bn.
Date of Death:    27/08/1916
Service No:    12931
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:    I. D. 37.
Cemetery:    DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ

and his soldiers died entry (click for bigger)

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Re: 20th btn photos
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008, 11:33:02 PM »
Hi applejack, and a Warm Welcome to our Forum  ;D

We have a history of the 20th "Pals" Battalion......I don't know if you've seen it http://www.themanchesters.org/20th%20batt.htm

I understand there are tons of un-identified photos at the museums, however as he was killed in 1916 his picture may have been reprinted in a local newspaper.

Wendi  :)

PS is he a relative of yours?
hi wendi, yes william is a gg uncle whom i found whilst researching my family tree, thank you for the link  will have a look there, although i have no idea what william looked like! I will also check the papers at the libary thanks again

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Re: 20th btn photos
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2008, 11:42:02 PM »
pte 12931 william dorward
19th manchesters
enlisted 27-5-15
aged 19[added 2yrs to his age]
occupation,labourer at messrs galloways Ltd,hyde rd,gorton
resided 42 armitage st,ardwick
father.william,an iron grinder,[died in salford 1912]
mother,jessie,remarried in 1916,became mrs jessie bailey
younger brother james
elder sister annie,two younger sisters,phyllis+jessie.
born 39 dundonald st,monifieth,dundee in 1899.
23-12-15.sailed for france,on the troopship SS king edward,joined the battalion at etaples the following day.
21-1-16,posted to,20th manchesters.[A.coy]
23-1-16,attatched to the 3rd entrenching battalion.
killed in action on 27-8-16,his body was recovered by a burial party,on the mametz-montauban rd,and buried in dantzig alley british cemetery,grave ref I.D.37.
william was in the 19th batts reserve company.
his 1915 star was sent to his mother,on 29-10-20,his war and victory medals,arrived on 14-7-21.

mack

Thanks Mack for the info really appreciate your help as my next move was to look up any medals he may have been awarded, and so this is fantastic, my only problem now is locating them, as they dont seem to be in the hands of any living relatives. My quest goes on................

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Re: William Dorward, 20th btn photos
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2008, 04:23:28 AM »
AJ.
the manchester evening news is the best paper to search.

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Re: William Dorward, 20th btn photos
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2008, 09:06:46 AM »
here is Williams medal index card

http://harribobs.smugmug.com/photos/360008872_VVF2R-M.jpg

this tells us he went to France on the 23rd Dec 1915, he was entitled to the 14-15 Star, the Victory and the British War medal

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