Frederick TAYLOR
Rank: Private
Number: 2760
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 29 August 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France

Frederick's mother, Annie, lived at 2 Commercial Road, Hazel Grove. As a boy, he had attended Norbury Church Sunday School and, later, worked at Hollins Mill. On 3 October 1914, he went into Stockport and enlisted into the local Territorial Battalion. After training, he went overseas around the early spring of 1915.

On 26 August 1916, the Cheshires took over a section of the front line from the 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry at Hamel in the heart of the Somme battlefield. There was a considerable amount of hostile artillery fire, especially with heavy high explosive shells. All available men were engaged in repairing the damage. The weather was bad, and this made the position even more uncomfortable. As a stretcher bearer, Fred would have been kept busy over the next couple of days.

On the 29th, shelling continued and several of the trenches were destroyed. At some time during the morning, Fred was killed by one of the shells. Sergeant Roberts, attached to the Battalion, from the Royal Army Medical Corps, wrote to Mrs Taylor "I have to inform you of the death of your son, Fred,. He was killed on the morning of 29 August by a shell and I can assure you that death was instantaneous and without pain. We are all sorry to lose him for he was a very good lad. One of the best and during the time he was stretcher bearer, I have always found him ready and willing to undertake his duties regardless of personal risk......"

More information about Fred, including a photograph, is included in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

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