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William Meares (1886-1917)

From Bradford, served in 18th Battalion DLI (Durham Pals), killed in action at Arras

William Meares, the son of Henry and Hannah Meares, was born in Cotterells, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in December 1886. He had two brothers and two sisters. His father died in 1890 and shortly after the family moved to Bradford. In December 1910 he married Harriett Gretton in Nottingham and they had a son, Stanley, who was born in 1915. William joined the 18th (The Pals) Battalion Durham Light infantry on 9 December 1915 at Bradford and was killed at the Battle of Arras on 10 May 1917.

Birth date: 9-Dec-1886

Death date: 10-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead (Hertfordshire Baptisms)
26 Filbert Street, Bradford, Yorkshire (1891 census)
14 Filbert Street, Bradford, Yorkshire (1901 census)
49 Stanacre Place, Undercliffe, Bradford, Yorkshire (1911 census & British Army WWi Service Records 1915)

Employment: Yarn Spinner (1901 census)
Wool weigher in Conditioning House (1911 census)
Textile warehouseman (British Army WWI Service Records 1915)

Family: Father: Henry Meares
Mother: Hannah Meares (nee Dalby) Married Isaac Thorpe in 1911
Siblings: Henry, Annie, James & Katie Meares
Wife: Harriett Meares nee Gretton
Son: Stanley Meares

Military service:

Enlisted at Bradford on 9 December 1915 in 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry as 37712 Private

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, Bay 8
Bradford Great War 1914-1918 Roll of Honour
Durham Cathedral Book of Remembrance

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Edwards