Fred Singleton (c.1875-1916)
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 418515. 42nd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Born Golcar. Son of William Singleton, 108 High Street, Scapegoat Hill, Golcar. Had served through the South African War in which he was taken prisoner by the Boers and interned. Subsequently he went out to Canada and in a letter home, dated 5.4.1915, he said, 'You will be surprised to learn that I am a soldier once more, having joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary force, and I expect to leave here for Europe with the next contingent.' In his last letter, dated 16.3.1916, he said that, 'he was in the best of health and did not expect leave for a long time. He was glad that the winter was over but the Canadians had been well looked after as regards boots, underclothing, socks and tobacco. He did not think the war would last more than five months longer and it would certainly be over this year.'
- Killed in action, 25.3.1916, during a heavy bombardment. He was 40 years of age. Buried SANCTUARY WOOD CEMETERY, ZILLEBEKE, BELGIUM. Grave Location:- Special Memorial.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private SINGLETON
- regiment: Canadian Infantry
- died: Saturday, March 25, 1916
- record ID: 477999
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #477999)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #5708102)