William was born in 1891 in Eccles to William and Lily Kenyon.

In 1901 the census shows that all the family, including William’s three sisters, still lived in Eccles.

William Douglas Kenyon is also remembered on the Roll of Honour at Wadham House School where he had attended. (The school was a boys boarding school which has now closed). Following Wadham House he went to Giggleswick.

By 1911 the family had moved to Hale. William was working at an engineer’s store as a clerk for the family business.

He was drafted in July 1915 with the 7th Btn. Cheshire Regiment to Gallipoli, landing at Sulva Bay. He survived the carnage there and was transferred into the 6th Btn. and sent to the Western Front near Ypres. They took over support positions on 14th September 1918 then moved into the front line. William was  killed on September  16th, 1918.

By 1916 the family were living in Homefield, Alderley Edge and in 1917, Katherine, one of Williams’s sisters was married at St.Mary’s, Alderley.

His death had a great effect on his father who sank into a depression and he eventually left his wife and three daughters.

William senior was a very wealthy man who made his fortune in the Manchester area in the wholesale ironmongery business.

1914/15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

William is buried at Le Kreule Miliatry Cemetery, Hazebrouch, France

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KenyonWilliam is middle back row

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