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William Busby was born in 1896 in Hindley, Wigan.

He was the youngest son of William & Jane Busby, and at the time of enlistment lived with his widowed mother at 18 Avondale St Bolton, and was known to his family and friends as Willy.

He enlisted on the 2nd September 1914 in Bolton into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, he was 5’4 ¾” in height, fresh complexion with hazel eyes and brown hair. He had been employed at Mortfield Bleach Works as a crofter.

He trained in Britain until 25th September 1915 when he embarked to France with the 9th Battalion.

On the 23rd May 1916 he was injured by shrapnel wound to his right foot and transferred back to England on the 28th May 1916 to Uplands, Winchester Hampshire until 19th July 1916.

William was then granted a furlough home to his mothers house at 18 Avondale St Bolton until the 28th July 1916.

William did not return to France until the 23rd November 1916 and on the 4th December 1916 he joined the 7th LNL at Etaples.

On the 9th June 1917 William was wounded in action, a gun shot wound to his arm – he was treated in No. 7 Ambulance station, and on the 21st June 1917 he rejoined his battalion.

During the battle of Polygon Wood on the 28th September 1917, William was wounded in action, gun shot wounds to his chest, arms, legs and thighs.

William died in the 1st Australian Clearing Station between Bailleul and Oultersteene on the 29th September 1917, he was 21 years old.

On the 19th April 1918, his mother received items belonging to William, 2 identity discs, letters, photographs, religious book, wallet and a pair of scissors.

He is remembered in Bolton on the Chorley Old Road Congregational Church roll of honour, and on Oxford Grove Council School memorial.


Oxford Grove Council School memorial (click to enlarge)

He was buried in the cemetery at Oultersteene.


Rank: Private
Service No: 15393
Date of Death: 29/09/1917
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.

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