Huthwaite War Memorial Project

CHATER W.H. 9666

Huthwaite War Memorial

William Henry Chater

Private 9666 - Machine Gun Corps
(Infantry) 3rd Battalion

Died of Wounds in Huthwaite 7th Jan 1920 : Aged 47

Huthwaite Cemetery, Grave ref. A.J. 243.

William did return home obviously suffering wounds from his war time experience. But at least his death shortly after allowed listing upon the remembrance register. Plus his gravestone is found stood closely by the memorial in Huthwaite Cemetery where, as reported, he was honoured with a full military funeral.

From Free Press – 16th January, 1920.
On Sunday afternoon, Pte. William Hy. Chater, late Machine Gun Corps, was interred in the Cemetery, accompanied by honours due to a gallant soldier. The coffin, enshrined with the Union Jack, was borne by a party of eight Gordon Highlanders from Clipstone Camp, and the B Winning Band played the “Dead March in Saul” as a slow march. The Huthwaite Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers followed in the rear, and a halt was made at the Church, where an address was given by the Vicar, and appropriate music played by Mr. C. Alban Wilders. The Last Post was sounded at the graveside, and three volleys were fired by the Clipstone firing party. Though the weather was wretched, there were huge crowds assembled to witness the funeral. Pte. Chater, who was 47 years of age, leaves a wife and small family to mourn his loss.

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 02 Mar 12 © by Gary Elliott