Frederick Arthur NEWLING
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 12699
Unit: “D” Company, 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 16 April 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue, Pas de Calais, France

Fred was born in the parish of Christ Church, Heaton Norris in the late spring of 1894. The family home was at 28 Providence Street, Stockport. Although the names of his parents are not recorded, a man named Arthur Newling married Alice Clorley at Christ Church between October and Decmeber 1892. The family, however, do not appear to have been recorded by the 1901 Census.

Little is known about Fred's life but it is known that he was secretary of St Luke's Football Club. His service number indicates he volunteered for the army in August or September 1914. After training, he will have gone overseas with the newly formed 9th Battalion in mid-July 1915.

From the early part of 1916, the 9th Cheshires had undertaken tours of duty in the front line trenches south the French village of Neuve Chappelle. The tours were about four days long and were alternated with periods in the reserve area. On 16 April 1916, Fred and his mates were coming to the end of period in the trenches at Ferme du Bois. Their sector had been quiet although casualties could still be expected on a daily basis. This Sunday was no exception and the Battalion's War Diary records that the weather was cloudy. "Casualties - other ranks one killed, one wounded."

Fred was the man killed - shot by a sniper. The man wounded was probably Samuel Hatton who died the next day in a military field hospital.

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