1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
A/Sgt 22850 William Sturrock
- Age: 21
- From: Crosby, Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- K.I.A Thursday 2nd August 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6
William Sturrock was the second son of James and Esther Sturrock (nee Bore). He was educated at St Lukes School, Great Crosby and his business career was spent in the Offices of Messrs Jas. Kennedy and Co.Ltd. The 1901 Census – 33 Alexander Road, Crosby, Parents James and Esther with children Robert, Norman, William, Edward and (Nephew Thomas North). The 1911 Census – 43 Regent Road, Crosby – Parents James and Esther with children Mary, Norman, William, Edward and Ronald Gordon.
He enlisted on 9th November, 1914. William was killed in action on 02nd August 1917, aged 21, during the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres.
William’s service records survived and show that he enlisted 9/11/1914 in Liverpool, he was aged 19years and five months old, he was 5 feet nine and half inches tall, weighed 146lbs, with 37½” chest, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and gave his religion as Chruch of England. His Next of Kin was his father and the form shows his father and mother with sons Norman and Ronald at 103 Alexandra Road. His brother Robert in Barnsely and his married sisters Ethel Sale and Mary Smith both living in Crosby.
William was killed in action on 2nd August 1917, aged 21, during the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres. He was acting Sergeant at the time of his death.
A report on his death appeared in the Crosby Herald on the 25th August 1917:
GREAT CROSBY SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION.
Sergt. William Sturrock, second son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sturrock, of Great Crosby, has been killed in action. Sergt. Sturrock joined the "Pals" in November, 1914, and saw much service in France, where he obtained steady promotion. He was educated at St.Luke's School, Gt. Crosby, and his business career was spent in the offices of Messrs. Jas. Kennedy and Co., Ltd.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.
He is remembered on the Memorial board at St Luke’s Church and also on the family grave at St. Luke’s C.of E. graveyard, Crosby where the Inscription reads : In ever Loving Memory of SERGT WILLIAM STURROCK, OF GT CROSBY, 20th KING'S LIVERPOOL REGIMENT KILLED IN ACTION AT THE BATTLE OF YPRES, AUGUST 1st 1917, AGED 21 YEARS. “Faithful unto death.”
He is also commemorated on the Southport Civic Memorial and Crosby and Blundellsands Civic Memorial.
We currently have no further information on William Sturrock, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.
His brother, Edward Sturrock, also fell. A report on his death appeared in the Crosby Herald on the 21st September 1918:
Much regret has been caused by the death in action in France of Pte. Edward Sturrock, fourth son of Mrs. Sturrock, 103, Alexandra-road, Great Crosby. Pre. Sturrock, who belonged to the Welsh Regiment, was 20 years of age, and enlisted two years ago. He was sent to France in January last, and his death occurred on August 30. He formerly attended St.Luke's Boys' School. and was for four years in the service of Messrs. T. and G. Harrison, shipowners, Liverpool. He was extremely popular in the district, and was captain of Crosby Council School Old Boys' Football Team. His brother, the late Sergt. Wm. Sturrock, of the "Pals" Battalion, was killed in action on July 30th last year at Ypres.
Killed On This Day.(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old