William Law was born in Halesowen and lived at 3 Moor Lane, Rowley Regis. He attended Halesowen C of E school and was a member of the Halesowen Methodists. He was living in Upton-on-Severn when he volunteered for the Worcesters and went to the 10th (Service) Battalion. They went to the Western Front early in 1915 and spent their first few months in quiet sectors of the front. In 1916 they were fully involved in the first stages of the Battle of the Somme and in the struggle for La Boisselle and Ovillers. In late August they were relieved and sent to a quieter sector near Ypres. On the 4th September the whole battalion was marching a short distance to the front line when a long range shell exploded among the men, killing 8 and wounding 13. By such unexpected circumstances men lost their lives. Private William Law was one of these and is buried at Dranoutre Cemetery (I H 10), close to Kemmel Hill. He is commemorated on the Halesowen, Rowley Regis, Halesowen United Methodist church and Halesowen C of E school Memorials.
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