Fred France (c.1896-1916)

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Fred France

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

FRANCE, FRED. Rifleman. No C/7548. 18th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. Born Almondbury. Only son of Mr and Mrs James France, 13 Fairhill, Berry Brow. Was secretary of Salem Sunday School, a member of the church choir and keenly interested in church work. Employed by Messrs Revell and Revell, accountants. Killed in action, 15.9.1916, aged 19 years. Buried BRONFAY FARM MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row A, Grave 21.
His parents received the following letter from his friend, Private H. ROBSON. He wrote on the 19th September that they had then just come out of action in the front line, 'They went into action on the 15th September and Fred was in a very hot place. A shell exploded a very short distance in front of him and Fred lost consciousness immediately and never recovered. Those nearest to him did all they could for him but the case was hopeless from the first. Fred has walked straight ever since he joined the Army. He has always stood up for the weak against the strong and lived a life such as no man need be ashamed of.'
ROH:- Armitage Bridge War Memorial.

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