11 October 1916 Lt William Robert McCann died of his wounds on this day

Second Lieutenant William Robert McCann, 1/7th Durham Light Infantry

William Robert McCann was the son of Mr and Mrs James McCann of ‘Fernagh', Whiteabbey, County Antrim. He proceeded to the Western Front with the 1/7th Durham Light Infantry on 15 June 1916.

The 1/7th fought at the Somme as pioneers to the 50th Division.

On 4th October the Division was relieved by the 23rd, but the Battalion stayed in the line for another 11 days working on repairing the roads and railways around Martinpuich. On the 10th shelling become particularly intense. It appears likely that William was wounded at this time and taken out of the line.

William is buried at Bazentin-le-Petit Communal Cemetery Extension. He was 19 years old.

11 October 1916 died of his wounds

Research by David Tattersfield MA, WFA Development Trustee with additional notes from the 1/7th Durham Light Infantry War Diary by Jonathan Vernon.


2nd Lieutenant William Robert McCann :  The War Graves Photographic Project

MacReady-McCann : Inst in the Great War

1/7th Durham Light Infantry. War Diary. Downloaded 11 October 2016.