William Poyser

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William Poyser
William was born to Benjamin and Jane Poyser in 1897. After leaving school he worked at Lea Mills. He was a promising musician and could play several instruments but his favourite was the violin. He played with the Matlock Silver Prize Band and was a valuable member of the Tansley Wesleyan Church.
At the age of 19 William joined the 6th Battalion of the York and lancaster regiment on the 5th June 1916 and after three months training was sent to France where he acted as Company runner. He was killed instantly on the battlefield on Wednesday 17th August 1917 when he was only 20 years old whilst the Company was consolidating its newly captured lines. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial at the Somme in France.

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