Fred RAMSCAR
Rank: Private
Number: 40304
Unit: 16th battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 22 October 1917
Age: 17
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Fred must have lied about his age to enlist in the army around the spring of 1915 when he was only 15. He joined the 16th Battalion, which had been formed in December 1914 as a "Bantam" unit. Until then, the army had rejected volunteers who were less than the regulation height of 5ft 4 ins. The popular pressure to enlist forced the War Office to create these new Battalion for men whose height was between 5ft and 5ft 4ins. It can be presumed that Fred's lie about his age was more believable amongst a group of potential recruits who were short in stature.

Fred was killed during an attack in the latter stages of the Third battle of Ypres. He has no known grave.

Fred had been born in Heaton Norris and his "next of kin" information held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is that he was the son of Sarah Mona Ramscar, 39 James Street, Edgeley and the late James Ramscar. The 1901 Census shows that James, then aged 27, was working as a postman and Sarah, 23 as a yarn reeler in a cotton mill. Fred's young age at the time of enlistment is confirmed by the Census which records him as being aged 2.

   
           
   
     
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