William Staden: Enlisted around September 1914, he arrived in France in August 1915. The 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) was raised at Derby in September 1914 as part of Kitchener’s Third New Army and became part of 70th Brigade in 23rd Division. They undertook training in Derby the moved to Stanhope Lines at Aldershot in December 1914, then to Shorncliffe in February 1915 and in May they moved to Bordon. They proceeded to France landing at Boulogne on the 27th of August 1915. They transferred to with 70th Brigade to 8th Division on the 18th of October 1915, in an exchange with 24th Brigade allowing the inexperienced troops to learn from those who had battle experience, returning to their orginal divisions in June 1916. The 23rd Division were at Bomy beginning a period of intensive training for the Battles of the Somme. They were in action in The Battle of Albert including the capture of Contalmaison, The Battles of Bazentin Ridge, Pozieres, Flers-Courcelette, Morval and The Battle of Le Transloy including the capture of Le Sars. In 1917 they fought in The Battle of Messines, The Battles of the Menin Road, Polygon Wood and the The First and Second Battles of Passchendale – See more at: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/sherwoodforesters11.php#sthash.kgHjZuIf.dpuf
Born: 24th October 1893 Branside, Nr Buxton registered Chapel-en-le-Frith Vol 7b Page 798 O/N/D middle name Lomas, to parents John & Elizabeth Staden. William had 4 older siblings Thomas, Annie, John & Joseph. When William started North Road School on 1st October 1900 his year of birth is recorded as 1894. The family were living at Foxes Yard.
1901 Census: Living at Old School House Fairfield aged 7yrs.
1911 Census: Living with parents @ 49 Kings Road, Fairfield Aged 17yrs. Williams occupation was as a Milk Seller/Deliverer. Thomas, John & Joseph + one other child had died, but there were three younger siblings Edward Reginald, Percy James & Joseph.
1917: Address 17 Klondyke Villas Bench Road Fairfield.
Grave: 1. P. 56.