WORDLEY, William John

No.282543, Private, William John WORDLEY
Aged 27

2nd/7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
formerly 4664, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 10th October 1917

William John Wordley was born in Cavendish (Sudbury Q4-1890 4A:615), son of Harry and Margaret WORDLEY (née BULLOCK).

1891 census...Aged 7 months, he was at High Street, Cavendish with his father Harry WORDLEY [28] maltster; his mother Margaret [30]; sister 'Anne' [2]; uncles Arthur BULLOCK [25] and Willie BULLOCK [20], both farm labourers. All were born in Cavendish

1901 census...Aged 10, he was at High Street, Cavendish with his widowed mother; sister Thirza (Annie) and Blanche [8] born in Cavendish His father had died in 1896.

1911 census... Aged 20, a miller's assistant, he was at Cavendish with his mother and aunt Eliza BULLOCK [42] born Cavendish

He enlisted in Cavendish.
The war diary has:-
"9-10-17 .......consolidated in line near first objective from HILLSIDE FARM to RAILWAY CROSSNG. Connected with Australian Corps on right but still out of touch on left.
09:40 Counter attack driven off
17:30 Counter attack driven off
10-10-17 Line re-organised and defensive flank formed on left as 198 Bgde had not got forward. Positions shelled very heavily all afternoon and part of evening.
19:30 Bde relief by 44th Australian commenced. Lt.Col HIBBINS and 600 men of Brigade moved into reserve behind SUNKEN ROAD (DARING Crossing) until 8 am."

CWGC records give 30 killed, only three of them have a known grave

The area of action above and below-today

Passchendaele 1917..men were expected to advance across this in full kit and under fire

photo: Rodney Gibson

William Wordley is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial panels 54 to 56 and 163A

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