CHANCE Wilfred George
Regiment : D Company 16th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 35252
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 20th October 1918 aged 19
Buried : Viesly Communal Cemetery, France, Grave A. 5.
Relatives : Son of Arthur and Mary E. Chance, of Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge Hill Street Council School
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Cathedral Roll of honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Wilfred Chance lived at 31 West Street, Stourbridge, and attended Hill St. Council School. He worked for Messrs Mark and Moody, the printing and publishing firm, and was a member of the New Road United Methodists. He enlisted in February 1917 in the Warwicks and eventually joined the 16th Battalion in the 5th Division. The battalion went to Italy in January 1918 to assist the Italians after their defeat at Caporetto. They were posted to the front line on the Asiago plateau but saw little fighting. They returned in April 1918 to the Western Front where the German Spring offensives were in progress. They were in action again in the Advance to Victory and fought without a break from the 21st August until the end of September when they were involved in the remarkable achievement of breaching the Hindenburg Line. In the next advance, however, Private Wilfred Chance was killed near Cambrai. His name is also commemorated on the St. Thomas’s church and Methodist church memorials.