William Charles (Chas) Greenaway

Memorial: Chipping Sodbury Town Cross - Broad Street

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 26951

Parents: Charles and Annie Greenaway

Home address: Back Lane, off Hatters Lane, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol and High Street, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Quarryman

Date of birth: 1892

Place of birth: Yate, Bristol

Date of death: 26/08/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile, Somme, France

Age: 24

Further information:

13th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

William Greenaway came from a large family in Chipping Sodbury, though originally from Yate. He had two older brothers and five younger ones, as well as three younger sisters living in Back Lane off Hatters Lane.

William fell in the Somme campaign, while the Battles of Delville Wood and Pozieres Ridge were being fought. He was buried where he fell, in what was to become the Blighty Valley Cemetery, almost at the mouth of the valley of the Ancre, and below Nab Valley. There had been fewer than 500 men buried here since the beginning of the Somme battle in July 1916, but it now contains over 1000

William Greenaway is remembered on the Chipping Sodbury and District War Memorial Cottage Hospital board, now at Yate and District Heritage Centre under Chipping Sodbury

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Alison Benton (2014) Remembered with Honour. Sprint Print, Yate. Forces War Records