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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 23933 William Duncan

  • Age: 33
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: 22nd Kings L
  • Died on Wednesday 8th December 1920
  • Commemorated at: Allerton Cem Liverpool
    Panel Ref: Screen Wall II.C.E.85B
William Duncan was born on the 02nd June 1887 in Liverpool, the son of Thomas and Ellen Duncan (nee Sweeney) who were married at Holy Cross Church on 28th October 1879. He was baptised at St Vincent de Paul RC church on 08th June 1887 and was also baptised at St James' C of E Church, Toxteth on the 27th July 1887, the family address given at this time was 1 Court House 5, Chesterfield Street, Liverpool with his father's occupation recorded as a brass founder.

William had an older brother John and an older sister Jessie he also had a younger brother James. An older brother William Robert was born in 1885 and sadly died in the same year. William was obviously named by the family in memory of his brother. 

The 1891 census shows the family living in court housing at Chesterfield Street. His father is an engineer and his mother a dressmaker. 

By 1901 the family are living at 3 Upper Stanhope Street his mother is shown as the head of the household living with Jessie 18 a dressmaker with William 13 and James 11.

William's mother died in 1908 and his father in 1915.

William married Alice Whittle on the 30th June 1907 at St Nicholas' Church, Liverpool. William is shown as an engineer. Their first child John was born in 1908 but he sadly died in infancy. The couple had 5 other children; Ellen born in 1908, Mary born in 1911, Alice born in 1912, William born 1915 and Richard born in 1919. 

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 12 Mulberry Street. Alice is 22 and living with her 2 daughters Ellen and Mary. Also in the household is Alice's widowed mother Mary, born in Belfast, and her siblings Albert, Richard, Christopher and George. 

William enlisted in the 22nd Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 23933. He died on 8th December 1920 aged 33 as a result of his service. He was buried on the 13th December 1920 in military grave at Allerton Cemetery. His address at the time was given as 92 Ashbourne Rd, Aigburth, Liverpool. 

He is commemorated on the screen Wall at Allerton Cemetery. Screen Walls are a type of memorial for Commonwealth War Dead, they are predominantly used to record the names of individuals who have a known grave but where it is not possible to erect a CWGC headstone or the exact location of the grave is no longer known.

Pension was awarded to widow Alice of 3 South Grove, Dingle. When he died his children were aged 12, 9, 8, 5 and his youngest child Richard was under 1 year. His widow Alice remarried in 1930 to James Green. She died in 1952.



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