Private William Gleave was born in Didsbury on the 15th July 1895 to Isaac Jefferis Gleave and Mary Louisa.

In 1901 William was living with his grandparents in Longsight, Manchester.

By the 1911 census the family had moved to Knutsford Road, Wilmslow and Isaac, following his wife’s death, had married once more to a lady called Florence and was listed as a shirt / skirt manufacturer.

William was living in Marden, Kent when war broke out and he enlisted at Maidstone into the 24th Btn.Royal Fusiliers. After completion of his training he was drafted to France on the 15 November 1915. His theatre of was the Somme. He was killed in action on 29th July 1916 in France aged 21

By the time probate was granted later in 1916, the family were living at Knowe Croft, Congleton Road, Nether Alderley.


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William is also remembered in St.Michael and All Saints Church, in Marden, Kent.

1914 / 15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

There is no known resting place for William. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France