Alderley -World War 1. September 1918

We will remember them, September 1918

The village lost three more men in September.  All three were engaged in the “Hundred Days” advance on the western front which led to the armistice in November.

Private James W Burgess, 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action by a shell on 15th September. 

  He had served throughout the war, having enlisted in September 1914.  The newspaper report of his death says he “had a rough time on service, being wounded three times and gassed twice”.  

He spent 7 months in hospital in Glasgow in 1916 after being wounded in the back, returning to France in February 1917. 

His regiment was engaged in the Advance in Flanders when he was killed, aged 22.  Before the war he was a gardener like his father.  The family lived in Lydiat Lane. He is buried at Westoutre British Cemetery.

Private Alfred Hudson, 15th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action on 29th September.  He too was a gardener. 

He was brought up in Gatley, where his father worked, also as a gardener, at Barnes Convalescent Home, but at the time of his death he is recorded as the husband of Annie Hudson, 59 Brook Lane, Alderley Edge. 

His battalion was part of the 35th Brigade, which was engaged at the time of his death in the Fifth Battle of Ypres.  He had earlier been awarded the Military Medal (London Gazette, 4 February 1918).  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Private Wilfred Wood, Devonshire Regiment "D" Coy. 1st/5th Battalion was the third of six children of Arthur, a cabinet maker, and Sarah Wood. 

He was born in Sandbach in 1898 but the family had moved to Moss Lane, Alderley Edge, by 1911.  He attended the village school, leaving in 1912. 

  His battalion took part in the Battle of the Canal du Nord, one of several actions in September and October which broke through the German Hindenburg Line. 

The Advertiser reported that Private Wood was killed in action on 30th September at Crèvecoeur, a few miles south of Cambrai. He is buried nearby in Masnières British Cemetery.  

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