William George Hoffland


Private 204061, 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

Died 21st November 1917 aged 26

No Known Grave Commemorated Cambria Memorial, Louveral, France

Husband of Florence Walker

Lived 103, Cemetery Road, Heckmondwike

William was born in Runcorn in Cheshire in 1891. He was one of the three children of George and Annie. His mother, Annie Hough, was from Dewsbury. Before the outbreak of war William worked as a Dyers Labourer alongside his brother and brother-in-law. He married Florence Walker in 1916, they had no children. He was called up into the army in March 1917 and died of wounds eight months later. At the time of his death his father, brother, brother-in-law and uncle were all in the army and serving overseas. His mother Annie wrote a letter to her other son’s regiment to try and find out what had become of him as she had not heard from him. All of the other family members survived the war.

William died during the Cambrai operations, the 2nd York and Lancaster’s were in Couillet Wood and attacked the Hindenburg Line on the 20th November, there were nineteen casualties as a result, William was probably one of these and died from wounds the following day.{PL-075}

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