The Halifax Courier, dated 12th August 1916 reported that Private William Robertshaw of Queensbury had been posted as killed in action on 1st July 1916. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Mr Ira Ickringill, Legrams Lane, Bradford and was married with two children, his wife was Sarah Emma.
William married Sarah Emma Lightowler at Queensbury Parish Church on 18th June 1904. In 1911 they were living at 35 York Street, Queensbury at that time they had one child Preston, who was aged 6. Also living with William and Sarah was Sarah’s 10-year-old sister Lily Lightowler.
William served in the 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) who on 1st July 1916 attacked the trenches around the village of Fricourt. The 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment suffered some of the heaviest casualties of all the British Battalions involved on this, the first day of the Somme battles.
Private William Robertshaw is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL (Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D).