William Savage was the son of Mrs Selina Savage (later Kirton) of High Town, Cradley. He was working in South Wales in 1914 and volunteered for the South Wales Borderers. He joined the 4th (Service) Battalion who were sent to Gallipoli with ANZAC forces to reinforce the Allied army in August 1915. They landed successfully but fierce Turkish resistance prevented advance to the ridge of the peninsula. Sergeant William Savage was killed in action on the 21st August. He was 19 years of age and is commemorated on the Helles, Cradley and Halesowen Memorials. His brother, Joseph, was killed on the first day of Third Ypres.
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