Born: 9th September 1886 in Fairfield to parents Alfred a Coachman & Elizabeth. In 1888 the family were living at 1 Stonebench Cottages.
1891 Census: Living at Alnwick Terrace, Fairfield Road.
1895 Fred started school at North Road on 29th April 1895, the family were living at 3 Ratcliffe Cottages, Fred had 7 older siblings, Edward 1869, Louisa 1871, Albert Thomas 1873-1915, Lizzie Annie 1877 – 1882, Emma Amelia 14th Feb 1879 (School 26th Sept 1887- withdrawn 20th Jan 1888 to ill to attend), Frank Alfred 30th November 1881 (School 16th June 1891), Annie L 10th Feb 1884 (School 1st Feb 1892) & 1 younger Arthur 5th October 1888 (School 20th April 1897). Fred’s father died in 1896.
1901 Census: Living at Stone Bench Cottages, Fairfield.
Occupation: Barbers Assistant, at the age of 10.
1911 Census: Living at 21 Hurst Lea Road, New Mills as a boarder.
Occupation: Hairdressers Assistant to Mr Dyer. In 1911 Fred’s mother was living in Bournemouth and it was from here that Fred first enlisted into The Grenadier Guards.
There are only 13 CWW Graves at Gosnay of which Fred’s is one.
An Army colleague sent a letter to a friend of Fred’s living in New Mills. It read: ” It was in the attack on Saturday morning 25th September, about 11.30am that Fred was out with the stretcher squad, collecting wounded. They were returning to the dressing station with a wounded man, when Fred and another chap were shot by a German Sniper. Fred ‘got it’ in the back. The bullet penetrated his right lung and lodged there. The other chap got the bullet sideways through the head and died shortly afterwards. Fred was put on the motor ambulance and taken to some hospital further away from the firing line. We heard later that he had died later the next day, Sunday September 26th”.
The above is extract is taken from the book ‘ Buxton, Chelmorton, Harpur Hill, Peak Dale, King Sterndale and Wormhill Remembered by Keith Taylor.
Fred is also remembered on the New Mills War Memorial
Photographs kindly taken by James Stenson 3rd July 2014
http://www.stevelewis.me.uk/page14.php please visit this site for more details on the ‘Fallen’ of New Mills including Frederick.