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William Sharpe Love


99568 Private

246th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), Divisional Troops, 19th Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: 1.8.17

Buried: Menin Gate Memorial Panel 56

Family history: Husband of Jeanie Thomson Irving Love, Polmont. They had two children James and William. Son of James & Sarah Love, Airdrie.

The action leading to his death

The 246th company was formed in Grantham and joined the 19th Division at Bailleul on the19th July 1917. On the 31 July the 19th Division were in their assembly positions at Ravine Wood opposite the village of Hollebeke for the opening of the Third Battle of Ypres.

(Lineman Map)


The 246th Machine Gun company was providing fire support. The Division were consolidating their positions around Junction Buildings on 1 August the War Diary of the 246th MGC is sparse on information. The Divisional history mentions that enemy snipers were very active. One can only conclude that William was a victim of these snipers.


Medals Awarded:

The British War Medal, Victory Medal.


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