William Henry Shrigley (c.1864-1915)

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William Henry Shrigley

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SHRIGLEY, WILLIAM H. No 19066. Company Sergeant Major. 12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry. Born Slaithwaite. Enlisted Glasgow. As a boy was apprenticed to his Uncle, Mr William Shrigley, joiner, of Golcar. Attended St. John's Church and Sunday School, Golcar. Had served in the Regular Army for twenty six and a half years. Fought in the Boer War and retired from active service. When the war broke out he rejoined the forces. He married Jeanie McMillan of Rosevale, Kilwinning, Ayrshire and had four children. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos on 25.9.1915, aged 52 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated LOOS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His widow received a letter from CQMS Harry Forsyth, who wrote the following, 'It is with feelings of heartfelt sorrow that I write to let you know that your noble husband was killed on September 25th whilst leading his Company, which had achieved great feats to still greater feats. By his cheerful encouragement and bravery on the field he was a wonderful example to the younger men of the Company. I pray that the knowledge that your husband died a hero may be some consolation in this hour of cloud and sorrow. The older men realise that they have lost a leader and the younger men a father. I have lost a true comrade. Please accept the heartfelt sympathy of the N.C.O's and men of his Regiment.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission