William Shooter AM

b. 01/10/1887 Bradford, Yorkshire.  d. ?

DATE OF AM ACTION: 08/04/1916 Lavantie, France.

William grew up in the Brighouse area of Bradford, West Yorkshire, and became a foreman stoker with the Bradford Dyers Association before enlistment. He enlisted as a Private on 30th November 1914, and served throughout the Great War, being discharged on 26th November 1918. He received his AM from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 18th September 1918.



On the 8th April, 1916, while bombing instruction was being given in a trench occupied by two officers, Sergeant-Major Shooter, and a private, the private, who w.as about to throw a bomb from which he had withdrawn the safety pin, dropped it. Without giving any warning of what had occurred, he ran away. After about two seconds had elapsed, iSergeantMajor Shooter saw the bomb. He could easily have escaped round the traverse, but, in order to save the others, he seized the bomb and threw it away. It exploded in the air before Sergeant-Major Shooter could take cover, wounding him. By risking his life he undoubtedly saved the two officers who were with him in the trench from serious or fatal injury.