William Thornley

William Thornley

William Thornley


2450, Private, William Harold Thornley, Army Cyclist Corp, 53rd Welsh Division Cyclist Company.

Born 4 May 1894 at Macclesfield, son of David and Elizabeth, (nee, Wilkinson) Thornley of 81, Pitt Street, Macclesfield. In 1911, the family were living at 83, James Street, and William was working as a rope maker. He was also an active member of 2nd Macclesfield Boy Scout Troop.

William attested at Stockport 23/03/1915, giving his address as 5, Calamine Street, his army medical record shows him to have been a man of five feet seven inches, with a chest measurement of thirty five inches. William embarked with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force for Gallipoli, he was killed in action Sunday 22 August 1915, aged 21 years.

Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Private, William Harold Thornley, is buried at Hill 10 Cemetery Sulva, Turkey.
C.W.G.C. Ref: – V.D.8

Also refer to

  • Macclesfield Troops pre WWI
  • Photos from Barnswood archive Macclesfield WW1
  • ‘Big Hats, Shorts and Dyb Dyb Dyb’ – a history of Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts by Norman Gosling
  • WWI List of Addresses Trevor Druce Macclesfield Reflects
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls