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Lieutenant, 14th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action at Serre 1st July 1916. Aged 26. Son of Barker and Charlotte Fairley, of 84, Ormonde St., Sunderland. Born 1890 in Barnsley. Educated at St. John's Church School, Barnsley; Barnsley Grammar School. Manchester University: 1908; Teacher's Diploma 1912. Assistant Master in English, Municipal Secondary School, Scarborough. Enlisted 1st May 1915. Gazetted July 1915. Buried in EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row S. Grave 7.


John Mallinson

Private 308141, 1st/8th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action at Pont Fabre, Ypres, 31st July 1917. Son of son of Edwin and Jane Farmer, of Church Street, Didsbury. Born 1897 at Didsbury. Educated at Didsbury National School. Manchester University: 1913; Junior Clerk, Bursar's Office. Enlisted September 1916. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Didsbury, son of Edwin and Jane Farmer, resident 42, Church Street, Didsbury, Chorlton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Didsbury, a scholar, son of Edwin and Jane Farmer, resident 42, Church Street, Didsbury, South Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4 and 6.


Harry Carrington

[Listed as Lieutenant on CWGC] Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died at Ashton-in-Makerfield of ill-health caused by malarial fever contracted on service in Salonica 14th March 1919. Aged 23. Son of William and Ellen Farrimond, of 365, Old Rd., Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan. Born 1895 at Ashton-in-Makerfield. Educated at Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School. Manchester University: 1914; Studied, Science; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to June 1915. Enlisted 18th June 1915; 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 28th March 1917. Previously wounded. Buried in WIGAN CEMETERY, Lanvashire. Grave reference A. C.E. 183.



Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment attached 1st/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Wounded and missing, believed killed in action at Pozieres 21st July 1916. Son of Henry and Jerusha Farrimond, of Prospect View, Standish, Lancs; husband of Beatrice Ellen Farrimond, of 1, Cotham Side, Bristol. M.A. (Hons.), History Master at Merchant Venturers' College (Bristol University). Born 1883 in Standish. Educated at Wigan Grammar School. Manchester University: 1903; M.A. 1907. Lecturer Merchant Venturers' Tech. College, Bristol. Enlisted 1st October 1914; Gazetted May 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.


Thomas Rubie

[Listed as Thomas Ruby FAWSITT on CWGC and SDGW] Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached to 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action at Martinpuich 16th September 1916. Aged 30. Son of Thomas and Eliza Fawsitt, of 46, Union Street West, Oldham. Born 1886 at Oldham. Educated at Aysgarth and Shrewsbury School; Christ Church College, Cambridge. Manchester University: 1908; Student, Medicine. Social work, Cambridge House, Camberwell, London. Enlisted August 1914; 16th (University & Public Schools) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 3rd Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B.



Lieutenant, 4th Battalion attached to 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died after operation at GHMS Ley, 7th May 1918. Son of Samuel Fernyhough, of Knowles House, Handforth, Cheshire. Born 1888 at Cheadle. Educated at Stockport Grammar School; Officer Training Corps, February 1915 to May 1915. Architectural Student. Gazetted April 1915. Previously wounded. Buried in WILMSLOW CEMETERY, Cheshire. Plot/Section/Area/Row G. Grave 143.


Herbert Hilton

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Croisilles 28th March 1917. Aged 27. Son of Harry Fitton Pendlebury Fielding and Hannah Fielding, of 7, St. Paul's Rd., Withington, Manchester. Born 1889 at Gorton, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1906; Student, Law; Officer Training Corps, 18th November 1915 to 12th February 1916. Solicitor. Enlisted 1st December 1915; Gazetted 28th November 1916. Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificate Buried in ST. LEGER BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Row B. Grave 4.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Three, page 98:

FIELDING, HERBERT HILTON, 2nd Lieut., 0th (Territorial) Battn. The Manchester Regt. only s. of Harry Fitton Pendlebury Fielding, of Withington, Manchester, by his wife, Hannah, dau. of John Hilton, of Middleton ; b. Manchester, 8 June, 1889 ; educ. Manchester Grammar School, and Victoria University; was a Solicitor; Joined the University O.T.C. 18 Nov. 1915 ; obtained a commission 28 Nov. 1016 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed In action at Croiselles 28 March following. Burled in the British Cemetery at. St. Leger. His Commanding Officer wrote : "Your son, when he was killed. was some 20 to 30 yards ahead of anyone else In the battalion ; he was therefore gallantly leading his men," and a brother officer: "We were given a large task to perform, and your son was placed with his platoon in the first main wave of the advance. We met an unbroken belt of barbed wire, and the trouble began. The enemy had its exact range, and, what is more, had a bombing post just at the point where we came upon it. Your son climbed through the wire, threw a bomb into the post and fired his revolver into it, enabling us to capture it, though exposing himself the whole time to a well-directed fire. Eager to get his men on, for they were hung up on the wire still, he shouted to them, and signalled, as one of my corporals said, 'Just as if he were on manoeuvres,' and then went on practically alone, to set them an example, against a further post. Here he was shot down and killed instantaneously by a bullet from a machine gun. I knew him only two months, but I knew that I had in him an officer whom I could trust. He was so conscientious, methodical and cool in the performance of all his duties. I have hopes that his courageous action will receive recognition by mention in some future despatch from this front." Unm.



Lieutenant, 12th Battalion attached to 10th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action at Pozieres 24th August 1918. Son of Edward Firth, of 29 Camm Street, Brighouse, Yorkshire. Born 1888 at Rastrick. Rastrick Educated at British School. Manchester University: 1912; Certificate in Tech. 1915; Officer Training Corps, 12th October 1914 to 2nd July 1915. Gazetted 8th July 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4.


Stephen Ambrose

Private 4823, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds received at Rouen 23rd July 1916, of wounds received on 20th July at High Wood. Aged 24. Son of Ambrose Brewin Fisher (H.M. Inspector of Schools) and Emily Fisher, of The Cottage, Seaton, Devon. Born 1891 at Birthwaite Lodge, Windermere, enlisted Windermere, resident Seaton, Devon. Educated at Blundell's, Tiverton, Devon. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Engineering. Enlisted 2nd September 1914. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 17. Grave 39.



Private 241928, 2nd/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Killed in action 6th July 1917. Aged 23. Son of Alfred and Sophia Fletcher, of 534, Wigan Rd., Bryn, Wigan. Born 1894 at Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire. Educated at Wigan Grammar School. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Arts; Officer Training Corps, October 1915 to January 1916. Enlisted 20th January 1916. Buried in ERQUINGHEM-LYS CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 9.



Second Lieutenant, 2nd/5th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Anneux, near Cambrai, 28th September 1918. Aged 21. Son of John and Martha Fletcher, of Pendlebury Cottage, Lostock, Bolton. Born 1896 at Bolton. Educated at Bolton School; Hutton Grammar School. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Engineering; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to December 1914. Apprentice, Horwich Locomotive Works, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Enlisted December 1914; 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Gazetted 20th June 1918. Buried in ANNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 20.



Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds 13th September 1914. Educated at Manchester University: 1895; Student. Royal Army Medical Corps. Buried in VAILLY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 6.

Captain Frank Forrest © IWM (HU 122245)

Extract from 'Bond of Sacrifice', Volume 1, page 138:

CAPTAIN FRANK FORREST, ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS, born at Blackburn on the 21st May. 1879, was the son of Dr. Forrest.

He was educated at Clitheroe Grammar School, Blackburn, and at Owens College, Manchester. After qualifying in medicine he passed into the R.A M .C. in January, 1906, becoming Captain in July, 1909. In 1914 he passed the Captain's course, obtaining a " special " in physical training.

He was killed on the 13th September, 1914, by a shell bursting while he was attending to wounded men under heavy shell fire. Captain Forrest married, in September, 1913, Maud, daughter of John and Amelia Child. He left no family.

He belonged to the Junior Army and Navy Club, was a very keen sportsman, very good at football, cricket, and billiards, and won many cups at lawn tennis.


Frederick [Albert]

Captain, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at Mons 23rd August 1914. Aged 34. Son of the late Paul Forster, of Malverleys, East Woodhay, Hants. Born 1879 at London. Educated at Eton; Trinity College, Cambridge. Manchester University: 1913; Adjutant of Officer Training Corps, Contingent, 1913. Adjutant to the Northern Nigerian Mounted Infantry, 1906-7. Gazetted 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, attached 4th Battalion. Buried in ST. SYMPHORIEN MILITARY CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot V. Row B. Grave 4.

Extract from 'Bond of Sacrifice', Volume 1, page 138:

CAPTAIN FREDERICK FORSTER, 9th BATTN. THE ROYAL FUSILIERS, (CITY OF LONDON REGIMENT), was the second son of the late Paul Forster, of Malver leys, East Woodhay, Hants, was born on the 24th December, 1879, and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.

He joined the Royal Fusiliers in May, 1900, becoming Lieutenant in April, 1902. He was employed with the West African Frontier Force from April, 1904, to January, 1907, during which time he saw active service in Northern Nigeria in 1900, receiving the medal with clasp.

He was promoted Captain in April, 1909, and in October, 1910, was appointed Adjutant of the 1st Battalion, an appointment he held till September, 1913. In April, 1914, he was appointed Adjutant (attending General Staff) of the O.T.C.'s of the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, and Nottingham.

On the outbreak of the war Captain Forster was ordered to join the 4th Battalion of his regiment at Newport, Isle of Wight, and proceeded with it to France on the 13th August, 1914.

At the beginning of the year 1915 it was stated in the casualty lists that Captain Forster had been "unofficially reported killed or died of wounds," but it has since been ascertained that he died on the 23rd August, 1914, two hours after he was wounded. He was wounded three times while defending a bridge on the canal at Nimy, a suburb of Mons, and was buried on the battlefield.

His recreations were hunting and shooting, and he was a member of the United Service Club, London, and of the Kildare Street Club, Dublin.



Second Lieutenant, 2nd/10th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 30th July 1917. Aged 20. Son of the late Henry and Annabella Forth (nee Gow), of Stoke Lacey, Marple. Born 1896 in Nottingham. Educated at Mill Hill School; Officer Training Corps 9th November 1915 to 15th July 1916. Gazetted 23rd November 1916. Buried in COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 1.



Private 4833, Platoon 4, "A" Company, 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools), Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at High Wood, Somme 20th July 1916. Aged 21. Son of John and Elizabeth Fox, of 14, Lawton Rd., Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Cheshire. Born 1894 in Ancoats, Lancashire, resident Stockport, Lancashire, enlisted Manchester. Educated at Abbott Street School; Birley Street School; Manchester Central School. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Electrical Engineering; Officer Training Corps, October 1912 to September 1914. Enlisted 4th September 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.


Dudley Collins

Second Lieutenant, "A" Company, 5th Battalion (Territorial), York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action near Beaumont-Hamel 13th November 1916. Aged 29. Son of Harry and Alice Francis, of 2, Lockyer Rd., Plymouth. Born 30th July 1887 in Devonport, baptised 4th September 1887 in Stoke Damerel. Educated at Plymouth College. Manchester University: 1903. Student, Engineering. Chief Assistant Civil Engineer, Rand Water Board, Johannesburg. Enlisted November 1914; 18th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 8th July 1916. Returned in 1914 from South Africa and joined 18th (Public Schools) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Listed on the South Africa Roll of Honour. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Devonport, Devon, a Civil Engineer, son of Harry and Alice MAry Francis, resident 2, Lockyer Road, Plymouth, Devon. Buried in HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row R. Grave 6.



Lieutenant, 284th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of woundsat St. Quentin 19th September 1918. Aged 29. Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Freeman, of 127 Wigan Road, Westhoughton; husband of Ann Freeman, or 133, Wigan Rd., Westhoughton, Bolton. Born 1889 in Westhoughton. Educated at Hindley Grammar School. Manchester University: 1907; B.Sc. 1910. Teacher at Forfar Academy and St. Stephen's Boys' School, C.-on-M. Enlisted 17th November 1914; Royal Garrison Artillery, attached Royal Engineers (Chem. Secondary); C.Q.M.S. Gazetted 14th September 1916. Buried in TREFCON BRITISH CEMETERY, CAULAINCOURT, Aisne, France. Row B. Grave 59.


William George

Lieutenant, 7th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Helles, Gallipoli, 4th June 1915. Aged 26. Son of Mrs. L. H. Freemantle, of 10, Porchester Road, Newbury, Berks, and the late Mr. William Chamberlain Freemantle. Born 1889 in Newbury. Educated at Sidcot School, Winscombe, Somerset. Manchester University: 1907; B.Sc. 1910; Officer Training Corps, April 1908 to November 1911. Chemical Analyst, Manchester Corporation Sewage Works. Gazetted 22nd June 1913. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 159 to 171.

Extract from 'Bond of Sacrifice', Volume 2, page 168:

LIEUTENANT WILLIAM GEORGE FREEMANTLE, 1/7th BATTN. (TERRIT.) THE MANCHESTER REGIMENT, born at Newbury, Berks, on the 22nd September, 1889, was the only son of William Chamberlin Preemantle, of Northbrook Street, Newbury.

He was educated at Sidcot, Somerset, and matriculated in both London and Manchester Universities. He gained his degree as Bachelor of Science at Victoria College, Manchester, and on completing his collegiate course obtained an appointment as Assistant Analyst to the Manchester Corporation, which he held for four years. While at Victoria College he served in the O.T.C., and rose to the rank of Quartermaster-Sergeant. On leaving the College he joined the 7th Manchester Battalion, went through the Hythe School of Musketry in 1909, and in the same year won Major Thorburn's challenge cup for general efficiency, with a medal for personal possession. He was promoted Lieutenant in June, 1913. He was Secretary of the Manchester University O.T.C. Club, and edited the Corps magazine. On the outbreak of war, in August, 1914, he undertook Imperial Service obligations, and left within a month with his battalion for foreign service, going first to Egypt, whence they were drafted to the Dardanelles. Lieutenant Freemantle was killed in action in Gallipoli Peninsula on the 4th June, 1915.


Robert Dunlop Black

Captain, 1st/3rd (West Lancs) Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action near Ypres 3rd August 1917. Aged 31. Son of Col. David and Janet Brown Frew, of Kilsyth, Glasgow. M.D., D.P.H. Born 1885 in Kilsyth. Educated at Kilsyth Academy; Glasgow University. Manchester University: 1911; Department of Public Health 1914. Tuberculosis Officer for County Borough of Wallasey. Gazetted Royal Army Medical Corps, West Lancashire Field Ambulance. Previously wounded. In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Kilsyth, Strirlingshire, a scholar, son of David and Janet B Frew, resident Burngreen Terrace (Burnbank House), Kilsyth, Stirlingshire. Listed in the Medical Register 1913 of being resident at 1, Burnbank Terrace, Kilsyth, near Glasgow, registered 21st December 1908, M.B. Bachelor of Surg. 1908, Univ. Glasgow. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row A. Grave 8.



Second Lieutenant, 1st/4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres 31st July 1917. Aged 21. Son of Hugh and Ada Fullerton, of Brackenhoe, Sale, Manchester. Born 1896 in Altrincham. Educated at Manchester Grammar School; Officer Training Corps, May 1916 to October 1916. Salesman. Gazetted 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 41 and 43.

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