William Burgoyne Teare was born in October 1894 in Salford Lancashire son of John Teare and Josephine Elizabeth Wilton born in Tottingham Surrey. John Teare had been in the army having served as a private in the 1st Battn 3rd Reg of Foot ‘The Buffs’ in Crimea, Corfu, China and the East Indies. His army record states he was born in Malew Parish, Castletown, IoM and was originally a sailor by trade. He was discharged with an excellent conduct record in Canterbury in 1875 and went on to become the manager of a retail coal yard in Salford.
William Burgoyne Teare had a younger sister, Ann Lilian, and in 1911 he was working as an apprentice fitter in a brass foundry.
He enlisted into the British Army on 4 January 1915 and is recorded as 5ft 4in tall with girth 34 in. He joined the Royal Scots (Lothian Regt) 2nd Battn and served as a Private initially released from his regiment being posted to Barrow in Furness for munitions work. In October 1916 he was transferred back to his regiment and was posted to France. He was admitted to a field hospital in Somme Region suffering from ‘neurasthenia’ in September 1916 (a condition with symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, headache, neuralgia and depressed mood – probably today we would say post traumatic stress disorder) and then discharged back to his regiment from the field hospital on 3 November. His death is recorded as 13 November 1916 when he was first reported as missing, presumed dead before being confirmed as Killed in Action. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Department de la Somme, Picardy, France. His sister Ann Lilian wrote to the War Office to register as his next of kin.