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William Matcham was born in Adisham in 1892, the son of William and Mary Matcham. The 1911 census recorded that the family were living at Oak Cottages, South Street, Boughton, and William, who was 19 years old, was a farm labourer. William subsequently lived with his wife Beatrice, at Stocker’s Hill, Boughton.
Private Matcham had been at the Front for only three weeks, when he was killed in action.
Private Matcham is remembered with honour at Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, where his name appears amongst those listed on panels 60 to 64. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.
The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Photos and letters - CWGC & Matcham family archive
The South Street Gospel Band - William Matcham is seated second from right