Pte William Black

William Black was born in Birkenhead, on 10th November, 1895, the third son of John Charles and Annie Black. They lived at 8, Neptune Street, Birkenhad, and William Black was educated at the Woodlands School. After leaving school, he was employed as a Junior Goods Porter for the London & North Western Railway Company, at Birkenhead station. In his spare time he had been a keen member of the St. Nathaniel's Church Boy's Club and football team.

On 18th January, 1915, he attested at Liverpool, into the 2/10th Battalion King's (Liverpool) Regiment.. Private Black was then posted !o " B" Coy., and trained at Blackpool. This was followed by further training at Tunbridge Wells, before he was drafted to France, this was with the 4th draft, in March, 1915. He was killed in action on 16th June, 1915, in the first attack on Bellewaarde. His battalion had gone into action with 23 officers and 519 men, and came out of the line with only 2 officers and 140 men. Private Black's body was never recovered. He is commemorated by name only on Panel's 4 & 6, of the  Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. William is also commemorated in the London & North Western Railway Company Roll of Honour book.

William's brother served with the Australian Imperial Forces and was wounded whilst landing at Gallipoli.   View Newspaper Clipping

Contributed by Peter Threlfall


According to family tradition, the fiancee of Gertrude Moore. A Private in the 10th Battalion King's (Liverpool) Regiment (The Liverpool Scottish), he was killed in June 1915 at the Battle of Bellewarde, near Ypres. According to his military records, which survive, Private Black was born in Scotland, but was living in Neptune Street, Birkenhead at the time of the outbreak of war. Both Gertrude Moore and William Black worked for the railways in Birkenhead. William enlisted and was killed; Gertrude was to marry Arthur Doyle, who also worked for the railways.

Contributed by Peter Doyle, the grandson of Gertrude Moore