Regiment : 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 45123
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 30th November 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France, Panel 6.
Birthplace : Born and resident Pershore, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore C of E School now in Pershore Working Men's Club. Worcester St Stephen's Church.
Additional information on the memorial: Worcestershire Regiment
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
8th Worcesters. Wife was separated. Lives in Head Street near Mission Hall. D. November 30th 1917.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: http://pershoreww1.webs.com/
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
Head Street, Pershore
William Mumford, aged 29, railway labourer
At the same address: Eliza Mumford, aged 61, head of household, 2 brothers and 1 grandson of Eliza.
William was noted as married but with no wife at this address. Eliza noted as married but with no husband at this address (possibly widowed).
As a component of the 29th Division, the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was engaged in The Battle of Cambrai. The battle opened on the 20th November 1917, and ended on the 7th December. The British attack began early in the morning of the 20th November 1917 and initial advances were remarkable. However, by the 22nd November, a halt was called for rest and reorganisation, allowing the Germans to reinforce. From the 23rd – 28th November the fighting was concentrated almost entirely around Bourlon Wood and by the 29th November it was clear that the Germans were ready for a major counter attack. The counter attack began on the 30th November. During the fierce fighting of the next five days much of the ground gained by the British in the initial days of the attack was lost.
William Mumford has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Cambrai Memorial.