10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in action on Friday 12th October 1917 aged 23.
William was killed 300 yards south of the Ypres to Staden railway line.
On Friday October the 12th zero hour 5:25am the 10th Battalion attacked the German trenches in front of them at Hazenbrouck.
The accompanying creeping barrage was thick and intense and the attack was a complete success, however the Germans made several counter attacks throughout the day which were repulsed but resulted in 171 casualties for the Battalion. William was one of the casualties. He was killed on the same day in the same action as William Loving.
He was buried by his comrades but as so often happened his grave was obliterated by later shellfire and he has no known grave and is commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.
William was born Belper, enlisted in Belper, resident in Belper.
He was the youngest son of Mr William Brailsford.
William was a Foreman for the Belper UDC.
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