BIRCH Thomas William
Regiment : B Company 7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 200356
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 25 on 1st April 1917
Buried : Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt, France, Grave III. L. 24.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Stourport, Worcestershire
Relatives : Son of Mrs. Ellen Birch
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourport Wesleyan Methodist Church as Thomas W. Birch. Stourport High School formerly in Stourport Boys School as William Birch.
Credits : Researched by Adrian Carter.
Additional information on the memorial: Pte
Listed as William Birch on Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Soldiers Died in the Great War.
William Birch was the son of Mrs Ellen Birch, Parkes Passage, Stourport. A Territorial, he had been in France for two years and was a despatch rider. Previous to the outbreak of war he was employed at the Anglo-American Works at Stourport. William was killed in action during the successful storming of a village by his battalion. He did very gallant service that morning, attending to the wounded under heavy shell fire. News received in a letter from Private W. Hamblin stated that William’s brothers, Able Seaman Lewis James Birch and Jack Birch had been wounded while serving in the Royal Warwicks.
Source for additional information: Kidderminster Shuttle, 21st April 1917, reported with photo.
On 1st April the 1st/7th Worcesters captured Epehy village and Malaissie Farm. Throughout the remainder of the day, the work of entrenchment continued as the enemy savagely bombarded the ares. Nine officers and men were killed and forty one were wounded.
An obituary for William Birch appears in the Stourport Parish Magazine for May 1917.