Author Topic: William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters  (Read 2353 times)

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William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters
« on: October 07, 2010, 11:22:54 AM »
Born: Hindley Green, Wigan, 8-4-1889, one of 7 children.
Parents: William Grimshaw and Mary Elizabeth (nee Crompton).
Married: Alice Fowler Henshall at Hope Chapel, Oldham, 12-10-1915 (obtained leave while in training)
Children: William b.1918, Sydney b.1920, Frank b.1923, Audrey b.1929.
Career:
Oldham Borough Police, later Rochdale Borough Police (Sergeant).
Moved to Bury Barracks "a month after the outbreak of war" as Drill Instructor.
Transferred to 24th Manchesters, 15-3-1915 (Previous Military Service - 9th Manchesters).
Promoted to CSM B Coy, 19-3-1915.
Reverted to Sgt, 28-8-1915.
Gassed 2-9-1916.
Transferred to Tank Corps, 28-12-1916 (new number 76709).
Demobbed: 31-3-1920, returned to Rochdale Borough Police (Sergeant).
Retired: 1938.
Died: 21-8-1971 at Wesham Hospital, Kirkham.
Cremated: Carleton Cemetery, Blackpool.

« Last Edit: October 07, 2010, 12:08:26 PM by grimmy »
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

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Re: William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2010, 04:14:30 PM »
I'd like to pin down exactly where he was gassed (on 2nd Sept) - I'm aiming to visit the area next spring.

I know the 24ths were in the Ginchy/Guillemont area, but I wonder if the war diary might be a bit more precise about the location and the circumstances.

Would it be at Kew? And do we know for sure that it exists?

The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

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Re: William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2010, 11:34:17 PM »
Hi Grimmy

I'm afraid i only have limited parts of the war diaries, and of course ( sods law) not the one you require....

Themonsstar may be able to advise you whether the full diary is available at kew

I am assuming you have a copy of cotton town comrades??

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Re: William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010, 07:39:09 AM »
There is not a lot of information in cotton town comrades but what there is, is on page 82.

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Re: William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 01:51:00 PM »
Thanks men. Yeah got the book on CD, but it's tantalisingly vague about the date in question.
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

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Re: William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010, 06:33:42 PM »
From the War Diary 24th Bn 3rd Sept 1916.

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Re: William Bond Grimshaw, 15174, 24th Manchesters
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010, 10:38:47 AM »
themonsstar - that's superb, many thanks indeed.

So now I know where he was - strange there's no mention of anything untoward on the 2nd, unless he was one of the missing from the previous day.

Wind (and possibly gas) from the NNW - I'll need to check the maps.

Many thanks again.
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.