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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 26153 William Duncalf

  • Age: 41
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: 13th KLR
  • Died on Sunday 6th August 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B&8C
William Duncalf was born in Liverpool in 1875, the eldest of at least 10 children. Parents John Duncalf and Jane Rollington, both from Liverpool, married in 1874.  His siblings were Sarah, George, John, Jane, Eleanor, Mary, James, Thomas and Samuel. His mother died in 1895 and his father in 1903. 

William married Alice Maud Harvey when he was 24, in St. Matthew’s Church, Liverpool on 31st May 1900, giving his address as 25 Wilbraham Place, and his occupation as labourer.  After the marriage the couple lived with Alice’s parents in Brookhill Road, Bootle. 

In the following years they had three children: Alice Maud was born on 20/7/1901,  William on 01/01/1904,  and George on 24/01/1908. 

By 1911 William and Alice are living at 35 Cedar Street, Bootle, with their three children. William is 35, a builder’s clerk.  Tragically, his wife Alice died on 2nd February 1915, aged 35, leaving William with three children aged 13, 11, and 7.

As his Army record no longer exists, we do not know the details of William’s military service, but we do know that he enlisted in 17th (Pals) Battalion of The King’s Liverpool Regiment, as Private 26153, and at some point was transferred to the 13th Bn K.L.R. 

In April 1916 the battalion was in the Ypres salient, and spent the month of May in trenches at Locre.  At the beginning of July the battalion arrived in the Somme sector at Doullens and on the 10th were in trenches near Carnoy.  On 13th July the battalion took part in the successful attack on the German front line at Bazentin-Le-Grand and later in the month assisted in the attack on Delville Wood.  No details are available, but William was killed in action on 6th August 1916, aged 41. His body was never found and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the  Missing, Somme.

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

On 01st August 1932 the Prince of Wales and the President of France inaugurated the Thiepval Memorial in Picardy. The inscription reads: “Here are recorded the names of officers and men of the British Armies who fell on the Somme battlefields between July 1915 and March 1918 but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death.”

William’s children were 15, 12, and 9 when he was killed.  His brother George, living at 6 Oregon Street, Bootle, became the guardian to his motherless children whilst William was away.  George received a pension of 15/- a week, the motherless rate, from 19/2/1917.

William is commemorated on Bootle Civic Memorial.