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  cap badgePrivate William Cunningham

12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 17705

William Cunningham grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John Walker Miller (08/01/1863-19/12/1907) and Agnes Smellie Cunningham (1866- ) of 1c Cullen St, Coatbridge. Williams Father was killed in a railway accident at Craighead Colliery in Blantyre in 1907. Williams younger brother James was killed on the same day with the same Regiment on the 2nd day of the Battle of Loos (see index). In his Will William left everything to his mother. From the 1901 Census - Address - 5 Cullen St, Coatbridge - John Cunningham aged 38, Agnes Cunningham aged 35, Elizabeth Cunningham aged 13, Jane Cunningham aged 12, Peter Cunningham aged 10, William Cunningham aged 8, Janet Cunningham aged 6, James Cunningham aged 4, Agnes Cunningham aged 1. Brother Robert was born in 1902 and brother John in 1906

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 1c Cullen St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 26/09/1915 at Loos

Enlisted

Bothwell /09/1914

Employed

Tram Worker with the Coatbridge Tramway Company

Age

22

Buried / Remembered

Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

Additional Information

William fell with his brother James on the second day of the Battle of Loos. 87 men from the Coatbridge Memorial fell during and from injuries from the Battle of Loos. Also remembered on the Old Monkland Church and St Augustines Parish (book) Rolls of Honour. See photos for Williams Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Loos Memorial Panel List, his name on the Loos Memorial, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 3 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge

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