Fred Burland Matthews (c.1895-1918)

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Fred Burland Matthews

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

MATTHEWS, FRED BURLAND, MM. Lance Sergeant. No 11353. 8th Battalion, transferred to 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Bradford. Both parents deceased. Lived with his aunt at 20 Clara Street, Fartown, Huddersfield. Educated at Hillhouse Schools. Employed as a railway carriage cleaner by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company. Single. Enlisted August 1914. Wounded in the Suvla Bay landing at Gallipoli in August 1915.
Awarded the Military Medal on 6.2.1918. The official citation reads, 'No 11353 Corporal Fred Burland Matthews, 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, at 8.30am on February 2nd, 1918, during a raid on the enemy trenches east of Monchy-le-Preux. He led his men with great gallantry. He found a German officer and tried to take him prisoner. The Officer resisted and the Corporal after a struggle killed the officer and brought back his pocket book.'
Killed in action, 31.8.1918, aged 23 years. Buried VIS-en-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row A, Grave 29.
ROH:- Fartown and Birkby War Memorial.

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