FIDLER, WILLIAM 14774 L/Sgt 12th Battalion 61st Brigade 20th Division

THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT)

Born Penwortham  Enlisted Southport  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  19th December 1916

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 13.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 6th January 1917

Mrs Fidler, Wellfield Place, Towngate has received intimation of the death in action on December 19th, 1916 of her husband Sgt. Major W. Fidler of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment).

Sgt. Major Fidler who was 25 years of age enlisted at the outbreak of war. He was an employee of the Leyland and Farington Co-operative Society and regularly attended at Leyland Parish Church.

Preston Guardian Sat. 6th January 1917

Reports the death of Sgt.-Major Fidler (25) of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment). The report is as in the Chorley Guardian of the same date, but the address is given as Forge Street, not Wellfield Place (a similar report, with photo, is in the Lancashire Daily Post of Friday Jan. 5th, 1917).

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine February 1917

A Memorial Service was held on January 11th, 1917 for Fred Marsden, Loyal North Lancs.; Harry Bannister, Western Scots; and William Fidler, acting Sergeant Major, the King’s Liverpool Regiment.

William Fidler’s name is on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, William Fidler is commemorated on the:-

THIÈPVAL MEMORIAL, FRANCE

Names of the King’s Liverpools appear on Pier and Face 1D, 8B and 8C.

Age 25, husband of Jane Fidler, 3 Albert Street, Wheelton, Chorley.

The memorial is some 6 km north of Albert; and Thièpval village is 3 km north-west of Pozières on the D73 road. Pozières lies on the D929 – Albert to Bapaume road – 6.5 km north-east of Albert.

The memorial commemorates 72,085 men who died in the Somme sector up until March 20th, 1918, the eve of the German push back across the battlefield, and who have no known grave.

The memorial was designed by the eminent architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944).

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine August 1915

Married: On July 5th, 1915 William Fidler (stationed on Salisbury Plain) to Jane Southworth both of Leyland.

Note:- Although William Fidler died one month after the ending of the ‘Battles of the Somme’, 1st

July-18th November, 1916, the 12th King’s Liverpools appear to have been still in the Somme sector when he was killed in action. One would need to see the ‘Battalion Diary’ to confirm this.

Fidler, William. WE Waring 2003