FRED MOWBRAYRank: Sergeant
Service Number: 15082. Regiment: 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment Died of wounds Tuesday 12th June 1917 Age 26County Memorial Unknown
Commemorated\Buried BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD
Grave\Panel Ref: III C64
Freds records have survived so we know abit about his service history.
He enlisted on 3rd September 1914 like so many others in Runcorn. He was 23years old and 2 months. His occupation that of a tanner.
He was posted to the 10th Bttn Cheshire Regiment, and was promted to L/Cpl in April 1915, then to Cpl a year later. and finally Sgt in Feb 1917.
He was posted to France on 26th Sept 1915 and then injured in the Somme offensive on 3rd July 1916, when the 10th first saw action in the Somme, the 10th lost many on that day, fred received a guns shot wound to his left thigh. Due to his injury he was returned to the UK, and didn't go back till Feb 1917.
His medical records detail the extent of his injury.
Wound 3/4" x 3/4" middle of outside of thigh (entrance) another wound (bullet showing) middle of anterior region. Removed bullet and fomeutation. He spent 73 days in hospital and his injury was classed as severe.
His service records read that he was 5ft 6 1/2 inches in height, 137 lbs and healthy.
Fred was injured during the Battle of Messines and taken to Bailleul were he died of wounds.
Compiled by Graeme Ainsworth