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Greenlees, William, Private 23rd Battalion Manchester Regiment
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Greenlees, William, Private 23rd Battalion Manchester Regiment, Number 22601. Born 4 Jan 1897 in Fisherrow, Musselburgh, son of Andrew and Sarah Davidson Greenlees. Died 8th April 1916 and buried in Merville Communal Cemetery, Grave reference VI.Q.10. See also John and Archibald Greenlees.

April 19, 1916 Lochgelly Times Article Glencraig Sniper dies from wounds. Mr and Mrs Andrews Greenlees, 116 South Glencraig have received intimation of the death of their son, William private in a Manchester regiment. The sister in charge at 1/2 London Casualty Clearing Station, France not knowing the parents' address, wrote to a friend in England, and the letter was forwarded to Glencraig. In it the writer said that the young man died on April 7th. He had been admitted the previous night with a severe wound in the head, and was unconscious to the end. The following letter from an officer of the regiment has since been received by the parents - "It is with very genuine sorrow that I have to inform you of the death of your son, No 22601 Sniper W Greenlees, who died on wounds received in action. He was a very brave lad(?) and absolutely devoid of fear. In fact, I don't think he knew what fear was. He was very kind hearted, and everybody liked him, and I am quite certain he had not a single enemy. He was a very well known figure in the battalion and I should say he was known to more people in the brigade than any other private soldier. We all miss him very much indeed and the place seems very different without him. If there are any other particulars about his death which you would like to know, I shall only be too pleased to tell you. Again sympathising with you in your sad bereavement, I am yours faithfully, J.L.M.Morton, Sniping Officer.