BIDDLE William Edward
Regiment : 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 19770
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 33 on 21st March 1916
Buried : Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France, Grave G.51.
Birthplace : Born and resident Stourbridge, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester
Relatives : Son of Edward and Alice Biddle of Stourbridge; husband of Ada Biddle 9 Hanbury Passage, Stourbridge
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge Hanbury Hill Baptist Church. Stourbridge Hill Street Council School [now in Greenfield Primary School]
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
William Biddle was born in Stourbridge and attended Hill Street Council School. He lived at 9 Hanbury Passage, Stourbridge, with his wife, Ada, and was a member of the nearby Baptist chapel. He volunteered for the Worcesters and was posted to the 2nd Battalion. From Spring 1915 the battalion was in Artois and in the front line near Bethune. In May they fought in the Battle of Festubert and in September at Loos. They passed the winter of early 1916 in the same area near Cambrin and Givenchy. In March this was a quiet sector but the trenches were water-logged and enemy shelling intermittent. Private William Biddle was killed in action on the 21st March, probably as a result of shell-fire.