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William Frederick Walch was born and enlisted in Bolton, Lancashire. He was the son of William & Annie Walch of Hill Top, Harvey Street, Halliwell Bolton

Prior to the War he was employed as a printer in Bolton.

During the War, William served with the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

On 6th March 1917, William was killed in action. The Regimental War Diary records events of the days leading up to his death;

Dompierre

2nd March 1917

Battalion relieved the 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment in front line as left Brigade. Relief complete about 21:30hrs without casualties. Trenches much improved. Raid party left behind in training.

3rd March 1917

Quiet day, few casualties

4th March 1917

Quiet day, few casualties

5th March 1917

Faint bombardment of enemy front line trenches in front of Barleux Quarry. At 03:25hrs enemy retaliation was slight, and the rest of the day was fairly quiet.

6th March 1917

1st Northampton Regiment raided the enemy trenches, south of Barleux Quarry. At 03:30hrs enemy retaliated vigorously throughout the day causing a number of casualties.

 

The following 1st Battalion men were killed by German shelling on this day;

26119 PTE. R. WILDEN. L.N.LAN.R
26924 PTE. J. FLYNN. L.N.LAN.R
34469 CPL. F. GODDING. L.N.LAN.R
26598 PTE. R. W. GOLDSBROUGH. L.N.LAN.R
23509 PTE. T. HALL. L.N.LAN.R
29837 PTE. G. METCALFE. L.N.LAN.R
24348 PTE. W. F. WALCH. L.N.LAN.R
23194 PTE. J. WHALLEY. L.N.LAN.R
36007 PTE. W. WHITEHEAD. L.N.LAN.R

Private William Frederick Walch is remembered on the Thiepval memorial. A note on his medal index card indicates his medals were returned to medal office.

Rank: Private
Service No: 24348
Date of Death: 06/03/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Unfortunately no further service records have been found.

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One Response to 24348 PTE. W. F. WALCH. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Neil Whitehead says:

    My great uncle is William Whitehead, as named above. The information I’ve been able to find out says that the 1st battalion Loyals carried out the trench raid, and that is perhaps how he was killed. The information came from a book giving an abridged version of the war diaries. Anymore information would be great to read.
    Thanks Neil.

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