William Challinor was born on 28 November 1886 in Trentham. His father Herbert was butcher to the Duke of Sutherland and the family lived at Park Cottage on the Trentham estate. William worked as a flagman on traction engine and steam roller driver.
He married Florence May Turner in 1914 at Hanford Parish Church and their son Ernest was born in 1915.
He initially joined the North Staffordshire Regiment, regimental number 6918, but was compulsorily transferred and posted to 12 Bn Yorks and Lancs and was serving with (2/4th Hallamshire) (T.F.) battalion, regimental number 31583, when he was killed in action on 2nd September 1918 in Flanders aged 31. He was promoted to Lance Corporal the month before he died.
An early Bassett steam roller, similar to one that William may have driven
Herbert Challinor, Williams father in the garden of Park Cottage
View of Vaulx Cemetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt, Pas-de-Calais, France