Frederick ROWLEY
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 18417
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 4 September 1916
Age: 31
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Frederick had been born in Silverdale, Staffordshire, but his family had moved to Stockport around 1896. The 1901 Census shows his parents to be Samuel (then aged 41, born in Staffordshire and working as a Labourer at a gas works) and Elizabeth (also aged 41 and born in Bristol). The children were Richard (16), Frederick (15), Samuel (10), all three born in Silverdale; Ernest (6), born in Newcastle under Lyne, Josh (4) and Percy (2), both born in Stockport. The family were living in Reddish

At the time of the Census, Frederick was working as a weaver in a plush mill but, when he enlisted he was working at Reddish Vale printworks. It is understood that he married between January and March of 1910 and he and his wife had three children. The family lived at 11 Sefton Street, South Reddish.

Frederick volunteered for the army at Stockport and his number suggest he was not a very early recruit, perhaps joining in early 1915. The action in which he was killed is described here.

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