William Straker, (born Thomas William Straker), Regimental No: 80976, joined the Royal Engineers as a Driver on 22nd March 1915, in Stockport. He gave his address as 61 Brook Lane, Alderley Edge, and his age last birthday as 37. In September of that year, he was admitted to hospital, for a wound to the mouth, are receiving a kick from a mule.
He served in France and Salonica, where he contracted Malaria and was treated at a series of hospitals.
On 8th July 1917, he was disciplined for hesitating to obey an order given by his superior officer whilst on active service. As a result he was awarded 14 days field punishment.
Before the war, William had married his wife Eveline, and they lived on Alma Lane in Wilmslow, together with their children, William, Edith and Ethel. He was working as Builder’s Labourer at Styal Cottage Homes.
He died on 29th August 1964.
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