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Singyard, W.A., Pte., 1914

NER Railway Magazine page 299 1914

In Y Farm Military Cemetery, Boir-Grenier, is the Commonwealth War Grave of 7318 Private William Alfred Singyard, serving with the 2nd Battalion, Yorks and Lancaster Regiment who died 18/10/1914.

William married Margaret A. Singyard, of 67 Stoddart Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne.

William was a reservist and when he was called to the Colours on the 5th August, he was engaged as a goods porter at Newcastle Forth.

William served in the NER from January 6th 1912.

He was 30 years of age when he died and leaves a widow and a daughter aged 16 months.

Source: NER Railway Magazine 1914 Page 300

On October 22nd 2014, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission re-interned Singyard at Y-Farm Cemetery in Bois-Grenier, Northern France. He was one of 11 soldiers positively identified by DNA samples supplied by relatives.

Their identification followed an extensive project conducted by the Historic Casualty Section of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC).

The MoD still hopes to identify the four remaining sets of remains and believes two may be Lance Sergeant George Edwardes (9854), who was born in Middlesbrough, and Thornaby-born Private David Wilson Williams (8458).

See follow up Northern Echo story of the discovery and re burial of Singyard.

William Alfred Singyard is remembered on the York Railway Memorial and at Newcastle on NUT.079

The CWGC entry for Private Singyard

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk