Fred Singleton (?-1916)

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:

SINGLETON, FRED. Private. No 43740. 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Formerly No 12066 Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mrs Singleton, 'Cart and Horses Inn', (better known as 'The Weathercock'). Employed, firstly, as a millhand and later worked on the railway at Dunford Bridge. Enlisted 1915. Killed in action, 4.10.1916, during the Battle of the Somme. Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His mother received a letter from a chum of her son, Private Marsland, who wrote, 'You will known that Fred was killed about the 5th of this month. Fred and I were chums together all along. We were in the same Company in the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment and we were in the same hospital in England and we came out to France together. The shell that killed him dropped between him and me. We were taking rations to the front line. I could not write any sooner because we have been on the move. I know it will upset you very much, it hurts me to write such a letter but it has to be done.'
ROH:- Hade Edge War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission