Regiment : 10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Formerly 4765 Worcestershire Regiment.
Service number : 43699
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds on 30th May 1917
Buried : Hamburg Cemetery, Germany, Grave V. E. 2.
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
W.H. Langford, Private, Lincolnshire Regiment was employed by the Midland Railway as a Drayman in the Goods Department at Worcester Station. These details are recorded in the company’s memorial book.
Source: In Remembrance of the Brave Men of the Midland Railway who Gave their Lives in the Great War 1914-1919. Published by the company to coincide with the unveiling of the Midland Railway War Memorial at Derby on Thursday 15th December 1921 at 11.45am.
A photograph of Private W.H. Langford of Worcester can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 4th August 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
12 Gregory’s Mill Street, Barbourne
William Langford, aged 16, general labourer
At the same address: Charles (father), general labourer: mother and 4 brothers.
There are no details available of where and when William Langford may have been injured and captured. However, having regard to the date of his death, it may be reasonable to assume that he was involved in some action in the Spring of 1917. The 10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment took part in the Battle of Arras. This was a British offensive on the Western Front during WW1 that took place from 9th April to 16th May 1917. Actions the 10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment took part in were the first and second battles of the Scarpe (9th April and 23rd April) and the battle of Arleux (28th April). It is presumed that William Langford was wounded and captured during one of these actions and subsequently died as a prisoner of war.