Regiment : 62nd Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 50476, Worcestershire Regiment.
Service number : 128402
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 19 on 20th July 1918
Buried : Marfaux British Cemetery, Marne, France, Grave IX. A. 2.
Birthplace : Born and resident Lye, Worcestershire, enlisted Stourbridge
Relatives : Son of Mr and Mrs S. Southall, 7 Crabbe St., Wollescote, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
William Southall enlisted in the Worcesters, probably in 1917, and was transferred to the much expanded Machine Gun Corps. By the middle of 1918 he was attached to the MG Company of the 62nd Division. When the last German Spring offensive was directed towards the Marne and Paris, the situation looked serious and the Division was transferred to the French army for the Battle of the Tardenois. The fighting in the valley of the Ardre opened on the 20th July and was intended to drive the German forces back. Eventually this battle was a success but on the first day their artillery and machine guns were too much for the 62nd Division in the ravines and woods above the Ardre. Casualties were heavy and included Private William Southall.