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William Fenwick (1892-1917)

From West Hartlepool, served with 18th Battalion DLI

William Fenwick was born on 17 May 1892 in West Hartlepool, the oldest son and second child of William Fenwick and Catherine Fenwick (nee Scaith). William was baptised at Stranton Primitive Methodist Church on 5 June 1892. In 1901 he, his mother and three siblings were living with his maternal grandparents, George and Ann Scaith, in South View House, Houghton le Spring. By 1911 William, who was then working as a hairdresser, both parents and five siblings were all living at 28 Eden Street, West Hartlepool.

William Fenwick enlisted in August 1915 and joined the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry as 18/1745. After training at Cocken Hall he was sent to France in May 1916. He was several times admitted to hospital in the next nine months. Private Fennwick was killed in action on 3 May 1917 during the Battle of Arras. His body was not recovered from the battlefield but his name is recorded on the Arras Memorial.

Civil Parish: West Hartlepool

Birth date: 17-May-1892

Death date: 3-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: South View House, Houghton Le Spring (1901 census)
28 Eden Street, West Hartlepool (1911 census)
14 Tower Street, West Hartlepool (Attestation record)

Religion: Baptised at Stranton Primitive Methodist Church
Church of England (Attestation 1915)

Employment: Hairdresser

Family: Maternal grandfather: George Scaith (born 1848)
Maternal grandmother: Ann E Scaith (born 1852)
Father: William Fenwick (born 1869)
Mother: Catherine Fenwick, nee Scaith (born 1871)
Brothers: George (born 1895), Charles (born 1897)
Sisters: Florence (born 1891), Lilian (born 1905), Elsie (born 1908)

Military service:

Attested West Hartlepool 11 August 1915, posted to Cocken Hall
Attached to Machine Gun Corps briefly in April 1916
Arrived in France 13 May 1916 and joined unit on 10 June 1916
In hospital July-August 1916 and October 1916 with shellshock
Reported sick without a cause 10 March 1917
Killed in action 3 May 1917

Medal(s): British War Medal, Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, France, Bay 8
Obelisk, Victory Square, Hartlepool
Roll of Honour, West Hartlepool

Gender: Male

Contributed by Harold P, Durham

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