Fred Dransfield (c.1898-1917)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- DRANSFIELD, FRED. Ordinary Seaman. No J/61410. Royal Navy. HMS Partridge. Only son of Mr and Mrs James Dransfield, 47 Southern Road, Milnsbridge. Employed by Mr Sam Hirst, cloth finisher, of Milnsbridge. Attended Milnsbridge Baptist Sunday School. Taught to swim by his father who was the instructor at New Street Council School. Enlisted in the Navy, 6.11.1916, and went on board HMS Partridge after six week's training. Lost at sea when the destroyer was sunk in a convoy disaster in the North Sea, 12.12.1917, aged 19 years. Originally buried in GULEN CHURCHYARD, NORWAY but in 1961 was reinterred in FREDRIKSTAD MILITARY CEMETERY, NORWAY (80 Kilometres south of Oslo). Grave Location:- 3, A, Col. 116.
- Three other men from Huddersfield were aboard HMS Partridge and were drowned when the ship was sunk, they were Able Seaman DONALD HAIGH, WALKER BAMFORTH and Ordinary Seaman SHEARD WINDLE.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Ordinary Seaman DRANSFIELD
- regiment: Royal Navy
- died: Wednesday, December 12, 1917
- record ID: 472484