Although the First World War ended in November 1918, the dying went on.
William Cheal, Lance Corporal 654160, 86th Company Labour Corps died on 10 June 1919 and was buried in Marcinelle New Communal Cemetery, near Charleroi in Belgium.
He originally served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment but late in the war, his battalion was disbanded and he was transferred to the Labour Corps. After the end of the war,one of the major tasks of the Labour Corps was battlefield clearance and it is very possible that William was killed while engaged in this task. William
Born in Horsham about 1887, William was the son of John Cheal, a gardener, and Martha. William’s wife lived at 69, High St, Three Bridges.