William Burns lived at 18 Church Street, Dudley, and volunteered for the Worcesters, He went to the 3rd Battalion who had been in action since August 1914. In 1915 they fought in Artois and Flanders and they came to the front line in 1916 for the Battle of the Somme. They played a major role in the opening of the Battle July 1916 and returned for further service in October on the Ancre Heights. The rain and mud were at their worst but the Worcesters maintained their line of trenches during sporadic shelling. However, there were casualties and on the 6th October Private William Burns was killed in action. He is commemorated on the Tynecot, Dudley and St. James' church Memorials.
St James Vicarage, The Parade, Dudley DY1 3JA
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