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Remembered Today:

William Liddell RFA from Durham.Help needed.


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Hi folk's,a little side project has been filling in the background's to those killed from my village in the Great war,not looked at much lately until today and

turned my attention to William liddell numbered 21 on the link from an article relating to the local Catholic church,I'm probably missing something obvious

but can't find him in the CWGC record's even using different spelling's,He's also on the village memorial and Workingman's club ROH.The nearest person

would be W.E. Liddell buried in Sunderland(11 miles away) but the date's don't add up any help would be appreciated.


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#2632 Liddell https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=GBM%2FWO363-4%2F007280323%2F00600&parentid=GBM%2FWO363-4%2F7280323%2F53%2F600
Enlisted May 1915 and discharged unfit on 15 Aug 17.


A man discharged from the army would be listed on the CWGC where death was noted to be of an illness/disability which was aggravated by or caused by service. This can often be difficult to ascertain where a man died well after discharge. I think on this one you'd need to check to see what the death cert states he died of.


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Hi Steve


FMP has a pension record indicating that he was 2603 (761458) Driver with 1204th Battery which was part of Northumbrian Brigade. He enlisted 18th May 1915 and was discharged 15th August 1917 due to epilepsy which appears to have been caused by shellshock whilst serving in theatre.


MIC and Medal Roll do not give date of death and cannot find a W. Liddell on CWGC with either service number. His SWB Roll entry shows him transferred to Class W Reserve which LLT shows as being for 'all those soldiers whose services are deemed to be more valuable to the country in civil rather than military employment’. His pre war occupation was miner. 


Is it possible he is  not listed as he had already been discharged and his cause of death was not war related although your database lists his death as shock and exposure caused on active service?

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Many thank's Craig and John,I would imagine the families of the men listed would have given the Church authorities the information relating to

their death's and William's family probably and perhap's rightly attributed his to war service,your replies prompted a check on BMD and William

Liddell's death was registered Dec 1918 in Chester-le-street (which is the district for Sacriston).

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