William Kendrick was the son of George and Mary Kendrick of Buckpool, Wordsley. He enlisted in the Royal Navy and served with the Royal Marines in the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division. They went to the Western Front in 1916 and William Kendrick was attached to the 190th Machine Gun Company. They were called upon for the last attack in the long drawn out Battle of the Somme and in November advanced in force to take Grandcourt on the Ancre. In miserable weather and against solid defences the task was hard but eventually accomplished. Casualties were heavy and included Private William Kendrick. He was wounded and taken to a Casualty Clearing Station where he died on the 14th November 1916. He was 24 years of age and is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery (VI A 22) and commemorated on the Wordsley Memorial.
High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU
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