19259 Company Sergeant Major William Hattersley M.M. 1Oth Batt York and Lancaster Regiment.
Killed in action 15th November 1916.
William was born at St Philips, Sheffield in1881. He appears in the 1891 census living at 28 Dunfields, Sheffield with a Fred and Martha ERRATT. He is listed as stepson. By 1901 he has married Ada Annie HATTERSLEY and has a daughter also named Ada aged 6 months. At this time Fred ERRATT is missing from the census and William is living with Martha and her siblings Harry aged 12, George aged 9 and and Hannah aged 14 at 7/14 Neepsend Lane, Sheffield. At the outbreak of WW1 William is employed as an Advertising Agent and is living at 15 Farfield Road, Sheffield and now has 5 children. Martha and her sons are now living at 3 Station Row, Chapeltown, Sheffield.
William enlisted at Sheffield on 6th September 1914 and was attached to the 10th Service Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. He entered the Western Front theatre of operations on 10th September 1915. At some point Ada moves to 27 Lime Street, Sheffield.
Dunfields post WW1 – 1920
This image of Lime street was taken in 1967, number 15 is the farthest corner of the second block.
1st DAY SOMME
On the 1st July 1916 the 10th York and Lancaster Regiment as part of the 21st Division were to take part in the Somme offensive. Their objective was Fricourt Farm and a part of Fricourt Wood. When the advance took place they were subjected to heavy machine gun fire from the direction of both there objectives and when they reached the German positions came under attack from German bombing parties. The battalion took very heavy casualties.
On the 3rd July 1916 William was promoted to Company Sergeant Major, his Military Medal was awarded due to his actions of the first day of the Somme offensive. His service records show an entry outlining the reason for the award. This is duplicated in the war diaries of the 10th York and Lancaster Regiment:-
The award would appear in the 22nd August 1916 edition of the London Gazette.
On the 15th November 1916 William was killed in action. The battalion were at Beaucourt – Sur – Ancre. The only activity recorded by the battalion on that day is a patrol of 1 officer and 20 men going out overnight, 14th – 15th, to examine a bridge and attempt to consolidate a position around it. The conditions were boggy, they were shelled and lost a Lewis Gun and 18 men wounded. The area of BEAUCOURT was shelled heavily during the day of the 15th November.
Below is an example of the very popular silk post card widely used by servicemen to maintain contact with friends and family. The one below is an actual card sent home to a Sheffield address by William and it is safe to say is written in his own hand. Dated 22nd October 1915.
WW1 silk card
Burncross Cemetery grave photo
William is also remembered on the memorial in Cowley Park, Chapeltown, Sheffield.