William Albert Sunderland
2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment
Killed in action at Bois Grenier (a diversionary attack coinciding with the Battle of Loos) on Sunday 25th October 1914 aged 28.
William has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Comines-Warrenton, Hainaut Belgium, which commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom who died in this sector during the First World War and have no known grave.
Born in Ripley, Derbyshire in 1886 William, had six brothers and sisters. He was a regular with the Yorks & Lancaster Regiment having enlisted at the age of 18. After this stint in the army, he worked at Wingfield Pit. He married Rachael Harby, a Belper girl in 1909. Their first children Olivia was born in April 1910. They eventually moved to Far Laund in Belper.
As a reservist, William was recalled to his regiment at the very start of the War. At this time Rachael was pregnant with their second child Ruby, who was born in early 1915. Ruby never met her father.
Prior to enlisting William worked at Wingfield Manor pit.
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