Fred Lewty GOULD
Rank: Private
Number: 10396
Unit: C Company, 18th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 July 1916
Age: 26
Cemetery: La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, Somme, France

The Gould family had lived at 3 Rae Street, Edgeley for many years. William Gould worked as a guard on goods trains and was married to Emma. They had two children - Jessie and Fred.

When Fred left school, he got a job as a clerk with Stockport Council and worked in the Town Clerk's Department. A month after War was declared in August 1914, Fred decided to join up. Unlike many of his colleagues, who enlisted in Stockport and joined the Cheshire Regiment, Fred travelled into Manchester and enlisted there. He joined the third of the "Pals Battalions" then being formed by the Manchester Regiment. The 18th was recruited in just two days - the 5th and 7th of September - and Fred was amongst them. He was assigned to No. 11 Platoon, "C" Company. Click here for details of the Battalion's recruitment and training.

Fred and his comrades went overseas in November 1915. 1 July 1916 was the opening day of the Battle of the Somme and Fred is believed to have been badly wounded during the Battalion's attack, described here. He was evacuated from the battlefield to a field hospital - 21st Casualty Clearing Station - based at Corbie, where he died three days later

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