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  • Photograph was published on 7th September 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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10 Aug 1881
Liverpool
He was born on 10th August 1881 in Liverpool and was the son of Charles In the 1901 census he is shown as being a leading seaman ,he is 20 yrs of age and is serving aboard HMS Royal Arthur , a cruiser , stationed in Australia. At the time of his death he was living at 11 Salford Street, Alfred Street South, Nottingham.
02 Aug 1915
1610644 - CWGC Website
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Gunner
8th Bty (Motors) Machine Gun Corps
Gunner. William Dryer, joined the Royal Navy when he was 18 yrs old on 10th May 1899 , he joined for 12 yrs service his first ship was HMS Revenge , he served on a number of ships throughout his service and ended up serving on board HMS Impregnable where he ended his service time expired on 9th May 1911 , he was discharged from the Royal Navy and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve on 4th November 1911.He then transferred to the Mercantile Marine. He served aboard a merchantman that was captured by the S.M.S. Emden. After release, he joined the army serving with 8th battery Machine Gun Corps , he landed in France on 21st May 1915. He was killed in action on 2nd August 1915 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Article posted 23rd August 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- DRYER. – Killed in action, August 2nd, William Dryer, Motor Machine Gun Section, dearly beloved son of C. Dryer, 11, Salford-street, age 35. Gone, but never will he be forgotten. He was one of the best. Sadly missed from his sorrowing family.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. :- Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 7 September 1915: 'WC Dryer, 11 Salford Street, Alfred Street South, Nottingham. Killed with Motor Machine Gun Section August 2nd, was 15 years in the Royal Navy and 6 in the Merchant Service.'
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  • Photograph was published on 7th September 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    William Dryer - Photograph was published on 7th September 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918