201258 Sjt Willie PRIEST M.M. 2/4th Hallamshire Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment.
Willie PRIEST was born 1898 at Sheffield and can be traced on the national census which shows us that in 1901 he was aged 2 and living with family at 90 St Philips Road, Sheffield.
In 1911 he is shown as a school child and still resident at St Philips Road.
On 29th December 1914, aged 16, Willie enlisted into the territorial battalion of the York Lancaster Regiment, the 4th Hallamshire Battalion being assigned service number 3201. Interestingly he gives his age as 19 so has enlisted as an underage soldier.
He embarked for France on 13th January 2017 arriving at Le Havre the following day where his service number was changed to 201258.
On the 26th April 1917 he was awarded 7 days field punishment number 2 for urinating in the lines!
On 25th November he suffered an undisclosed wound.
On 20th July 1918 he suffered a gun shot wound to the left arm and was hospitalised spending approximately 6 weeks in hospitals at Rouen and staples returning to his unit on 7th September 1918.
The award of the Military Medal would appear in the London Gazette on 14th May 1919.