William, was a Private, Regimental No 1474, in the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Sadly, he was killed in action on 8th March 1916 in Mesopotamia, aged 25.
William Blundell was baptised on 23rd June 1890 at St Peter’s Church, Liverpool, the son of Mary and James Christopher Blundell, a night watchman of Clayton Street, Liverpool.
William’s father died in 1898, and in 1901 William and his brother James were living in Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant orphanage. Ten years later in 1911, William was a private in the 3rd Manchester Regiment, stationed at the Hutment Barracks at Fleetwood.
William must have completed his usual seven years term of service with the army between 1911 and 1914, as he lived with his sister in Macclesfield prior to the outbreak of war, and was employed at Crewe railway works.
William was mobilised as a reservist soon after the outbreak of war and entered France with his regiment on 1st January 1915. He was reported wounded on 12th April 1915, but must have recovered and rejoined his regiment. The 1st Manchester Regiment left France on 10th December 1915 and moved to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra on 8th January 1916. William was reported missing on 8th March 1916 and in November 1917 he was officially assumed to have died on that date. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 23rd November 1917.
Private William Blundell has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 31 and 64 of the Basra Memorial, Iraq. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private William Blundell. Private William Blundell is also commemorated on the Wolverhampton Roll of Remembrance.
This information was received via the website http://macclesfieldreflects.org.uk/1916/03/08/blundell-william/ where you can find further details.
We have traced additional details, as follows:
The marriage of William Blundell to Esther A Ford was registered at Wolverhampton in the 3rd Quarter of 1911, and have also traced the marriage of William Blundell, Labourer, age 21, of Stowheath Lane, father James C Blundell deceased, to Esther Ann Ford, on 7 August 1911, in transcriptions of the Parish Register of St Stephen’s Church Willenhall. Esther Ann Ford age was also 21 at the time of her marriage on 7 Aug 1911. Her father, William Ford, is recorded as being a soldier.
I checked 1911 Census records for Stowheath Lane, but could find no mention of William Blundell, nor of Esther Ann Ford or William her father. I understand that the address may have been used to enable the banns to be read at the St Stephens, the local church.
The couple appear to have had two children, as the birth of Mary Jo Blundell, mother’s maiden name Ford, was registered at Wolverhampton in the 4th quarter of 1911, and in the 3rd quarter of 1916, the birth of Thomas E Blundell, mother’s maiden name Ford, was also registered at Wolverhampton.
Esther A Blundell remarried in 1918, to Thomas H Matthews. The marriage was registered in Wolverhampton in the first quarter of 1918. My search on the FreeBMD website did not locate any children of this marriage being registered at Wolverhampton.
Esther’s death, age 69, was registered at Wolverhampton in the first quarter of 1959.