Rank: Private
Service Number: 4565.
Regiment: 1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Killed In Action Sunday 16th May 1915 Age 23County Memorial Bollington
Commemorated\Buried LE TOURET MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Panel 13 and 14.
William was born in Bollington, Cheshire in 1892. He lived with his father Nathaniel, a carter, and his mother Martha at Mount Pleasant, Bollington. He had 2 brothers, Nathaniel & Joseph, and 4 sisters, Mary Elizabeth, Charlotte, May & Doris. William was a card room operative. He married May Cheetham Gee in Macclesfield on the 8th May 1915. They lived at 37 Newton Street, Macclesfield.
  William enlisted in Macclesfield on the 2nd February 1912, originally into the 3rd Battalion. He was posted to the 1st Battalion on the 8th November 1914. He entered France on the 2nd November 1914. He was killed in action on the 16th May 1915, during the Battle of Festubert. He has no nkown grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas De Calais, France. 
  There was some confusion as to the identity of William.
  Sgt Horton wrote:
  " In regards to Private William Shatwell, if it is the same man that I had the pleasure of knowing, he belonged to the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He came to France to the 1st Battalion. He left the Battalion at Marris, France for a few days to get married in early May, returning on the 14th May. He belonged to No4 Platoon, "A" Company. I was in the same platoon.
  We went into action on the 16th may 1915 at a place called Festubert, where this man was killed by a shell. Ther were a few of his chums saw him killed by a shelll. He had to be left there to be buried at night behind the trenches."
  I am sir, Yours,
   No8671 Sgt Horton, H
  29 Morehead Street, Everton, Liverpool

      Researcher:  Darryl Porrino