Frederick ROGERS
Rank: Private
Number: 38143
Date of Death: 29 April 1918
Age: 35
Cemetery: Mendighem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Frederick's mother had died by the time of the 1901 Census and her name is not known. His father, James, was aged 53 when the Census was taken and was living at 61 Brown Street, Stockport with his eight children. He was a stoker on a railway locomotive and 18 year old Frederick had also gone to work for the railway and was employed by the London & North Western Railway at their Carriage Department. James' other children were Jane (then 25), Emma (20), Eliza (16), Esther (12), James (11), David (9) and Bramwell (6).

Frederick later married Agnes and they are thought to have lived at 28 Farr Street, Edgeley. It is probable that, by the time of the Great War, Frederick had changed jobs as he is not listed on the LNWR Roll of Honour of employees who died.

He enlisted into the Cheshire Regiment and his service number, 46355, suggests this was towards the beginning of 1916. He was assigned to the 17th (Reserve) Battalion for training purposes and he will have gone overseas a few months later. It is not known which fighting Battalion he was attached to but, at some point, he was transferred to a company of the Labour Corps. Soldiers transferred to the Labour Corps were usually men whose health or fitness no longer suited them to the rigours of the trenches but who could still make useful contributions to the War effort. They would be employed on such labouring duties as road building, grave digging, etc. This would regularly bring them near enough to the front line to be within the range of enemy artillery shelling.

Although it cannot be known for certain, this is probably what happened to Frederick. There are no detailed records remaining of the daily activities of Labour Corps units and, in any event, it is not known to which Company Frederick was assigned. However, it is known, from Army records published after the War, that he died of wounds he had received. It is also reasonable to assume that he died at the Casualty Clearing Station (field hospital) that was based adjacent to where he is buried.

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