William H Riley 1895 – 1918


Hampshire Regimental Badge
Hampshire Regimental Badge

WW1 W H RileyWilliams grave at St Peters Church, Fairfield.

Brother of Alfred Riley & cousin of Arthur Riley both deceased in WW1.
Born: 6th May 1895 Fairfield registered Chapel-en-le-Frith Vol 7b Page 848 A/M/J to parents William & Frances Fanny Riley. William was christened on 5th June 1895 at St Peters, Fairfield. William started North Road School on 26th April 1899.
1901 Census: Living at 8 Heaton Place with Grandfathers house with his parents, younger sister Martha & younger brother Alfred Aged 5yrs.

Heaton Place
Heaton Place

1911 Census: Living at Fern House Farm as a Servant Occupation Cow Man.

1913: William married May Wardle O/N/D Qtr Vol 7b Page 1857 in 1914 they had a son William A Riley.

Pte W H Riley
The funeral took place on Tuesday last, at Fairfield Church burial ground of Pte W H Riley, who passed away at Cosham Hospital, Kent. He had served about three years overseas, and when in civil life was employed at Messers, Bagshaw and son, Builders, and was well known and much respected. The Rev. A Urling-Smith, Priest-in-charge of St.Mary’s, Buxton officiated. The volunteers provided the escort and firing party, and the C.D.D. band played the cortege to the grave. The gun carriage was drawn by two beautiful mules which were kindly lent for the occasion by Col. Hanson. The following were family mourners , Mrs Riley (widow) and son, Mr and Mrs W Riley (Father and Mother), Messrs. Alfred, Percy and Fred (Brothers), Mrs Lomas (Sister), Mrs Riley (Sister-in-Law), Father and Mother-in-law, Mr and Mrs Chapman, Mrs Wibberley (Sister-in-law), Driver Jack Wardle (Brother-in-law), Pte William Wardle (Brother-in-law), Messrs . Walter, Arthur and Eric (Brothers-in-law), Miss Edith Wardle (Sister-in-law), Mrs Riley, Mrs E Wardle, Mrs Garlick, Mrs Mycock, Mrs M Blackwell, Mrs Mrs C Blackwell, Mrs M Keeling, Mrs Walker, Mrs Lomas, (Aunts), Mrs Wood (Grandmother), Mr S Riley (Grandfather), Miss E Riley, Miss B Riley, Pte N G Hollins, Mr N Mycock, Mrs Rigby (Cousins). The bearers were uncles of the deceased, Mr G Riley, H Riley, W Mycock, S Wood. The coffin was of English Elm, polished and plate bore the following, Pte W H Riley, 3rd Hants Regt., Died 3rd November 1918, aged 23 years. Messrs F W Booth and Co, were the undertakers. Owing to pressure of our space we are compelled to omit the list of floral tributes.

Reported in Buxton Advertiser 9th November 1918 (researched 2014).


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