Fred GREENHALGH
Rank: Private
Number: 267087
Unit: 1/4th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 2 April 1917
Age: 33
Cemetery: Deir el Belah War Cemetery, Israel

Fred is commemorated on the South Reddish and Stockport memorials. It has not been possible to establish his connection with the area, other than it is known that he enlisted in the town. Regimental records indicate he was born in Altrincham and the 1901 Census lists a young man, then aged 17, born and still living there. He was working as an apprentice upholsterer. Older relatives, presumably his parents, were Edwin Greenhalgh (a cabinet maker), 51 and Hannah, also 51. Also listed was Henry, 21, a shoeing blacksmith and Ethel, 12.

Fred's name is inscribed on the South Reddish Memorial as serving with the local 1/6th Territorial Army Battalion, although he was certainly with the 1/4th when he died. Fred's original service number, 5187, suggests that he was probably conscripted into the army during 1916 and does appear to have joined the local unit. In early 1917, Territorial Army soldiers were reallocated new six-digit numbers and Fred's new number is consistent with him still being a member of the 6th Battalion at that time. It is probable that he was recovering from an illness or wounds and, when he had recovered, he was assigned to the 4th Battalion, shortly before he died. This may well account for the reason for the discrepancy on the Memorial inscription.

Regimental records indicate Fred died of wounds he had received and the Cemetery where he is buried is next to where several Casualty Clearing Stations (military surgical facilities) were operating at the time. It cannot be known when Fred was fatally injured, although the Battalion had been in action at the First Battle of Gaza on 26/27 March.

   
           
   
     
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