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William Fildes
« on: June 15, 2009, 08:30:11 PM »
Hi I'm Julia, new to the site and looking for some help.

My partner and I are visiting my Grandfathers war grave in Gouzeaucourt next month and I'm hoping somebody may be able to fill in a few gaps relating to him,  Private William Fildes. The info we have so far is Manchester Regiment, 12th Duke of Lancasters, No. 38660 and his records state he was killed on the 20th September 1918.

 I've read in The 12th Batallion Manchester Regiment by Robert Bonner that a man from C Company was killed on the afternoon of the 20th on the Fins-Gouzeaucourt Road.

Not knowing which company my grandfather was in I don't know if this is him. Does anybody have any info regardng the company he was attached to and where he was actually killed or injured?

Many thanks

Julia

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2009, 08:50:06 PM »
Hi Julia

and welcome to the group

Private William Fildes from Blackley was indeed Killed in Action on the 20 Sept 1918, there were actually four men from the battalion killed on that day, the war diary tells us one man killed and nine wounded by artillery so i can only imagine that that information was updated later

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009, 08:59:27 PM »
Many thanks for the speedy response Chris.

 Am I safe to assume then he was indeed in C Company?

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2009, 09:07:26 PM »
yes i would have thought so, the war diary says the casualties were from C company, they must have born the brunt of the artillery barrage

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2009, 09:14:49 PM »
here is his medal card, it doesn't tell us much but he went abroad after 31/12/15, and was entitled to the british war and victory medals

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2009, 09:17:53 PM »
Wow, thank you so much !! I'm interested in any info you have.

Would you have any more precise info on where he was injured/killed ?

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2009, 09:25:54 PM »
i am struggling to read the WD but i think they were in the vicinity of the Fins-Gouzeaucourt road

B coy was near Chapel Hill but i suspect this would only be an WW1 location name
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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2009, 09:28:51 PM »
Brilliant Chris, I'm very grateful !!

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2009, 09:31:12 PM »
no problem Jules

this was just my contribution, it could be someone else in the group has more  ;)

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2009, 09:58:59 PM »
Hi Julia

Welcome to the forum

You may have this already, his listing on the CWGC site.

Name: FILDES
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment
Unit Text: 12th (Duke of Lancaster's Own Yecmanry) Bn.
Date of Death: 20/09/1918
Service No: 38660
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 6.
Cemetery: GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

Also a plan of the cemetery his grave is in the block in red. Click on it to make it bigger or save it to your computer.

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« Last Edit: June 15, 2009, 10:01:19 PM by timberman »

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2009, 08:45:10 AM »
william was living at 21 vauxhall st,blackley,when he was killed

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Re: William Fildes
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2009, 05:59:45 PM »
Thank you Mack and Timberman for taking the time out to reply.

I'm grateful for any bits of info as my Dad was only 4 when his Father was killed in 1918 so very few memories to pass on.

Cheers !!