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VC622   William Mariner

BORN   29 May 1882

DIED   1 July 1916   AGE   34

VC Won    22 May 1915   AGE   32

Place VC Won   Near Cambrai, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   William Mariner   No.   A/2052   

VC Issue No.   622   Awards   VC   

Regiment   King's Royal Rifle Corps, 2nd Battalion, B Company

Later   Royal Green Jackets

Now   2nd and 4th Battalions The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Rifleman

Rank End Of Career   Rifleman

Place Of Birth   12 Wellington Street, Chorley, Preston, Lancashire, England

Place Of Death   Railway Triangle, south of Loos, Nord, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Named on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, 5 miles north east of Albert, Nord, France (location unknown)


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone      Plot/Grave no.   Pier 13, Face A

Gazetted   23 June 1915

VC Presented   12 August 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Named on Thiepval Memorial, France

Plaque at his old school, Parker Street, Chorley, Lancashire

Named on War Memorial, Church of the Ascension, Ascension Road, Lower Broughton, Greater Manchester

P  22 Berberis Bush's Planted In Honour Of The 22 WW1 Victoria Cross Winners Of The Church Lads Brigade, The Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, St Laurence's Churchyard, Union Street, Chorley, Lancashire

By The Way…

He was born William Wignall but changed his name after being convicted of breaking and entering

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Thank You To The Late Kenneth Grey And The Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade For Information On Their National Memorial Arboretum Garden