Cheshire Observer Obituary 15/7/1916
At his memorial service the Rector GMV Hickey “referred to the loss of so promising young man, whose whole idea was to do whatever he could for his fellow man. He was associated with the church from childhood, and took a keen interest in its life and work. He had died the death of a hero”. Special psalms 130 and 138 and the hymns “Brief life is here our portion” and “Abide with me” were feelingly sung by the choir. An impressive service was concluded by the Nunc Dimittis. Mr Freddie Finch was the Organist.
In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Fleet Company Sergeant Major Tetlow states; “It is with great sorrow that I write you this letter, yet it is the least I can do for you and your noble son, William. We thought there was a chance of recovery when he went into hospital, but unfortunately his wounds were too severe. To say we all miss him does not express our feelings, for we were all fond of him, whose smile and good encouragement we shall never forget. In conclusion I and his comrades send our very sincere sympathy to father and mother, whose son gave his life for his King and country by his absolute devotion to duty”.