Frederick James TAYLOR
Rank: Private
Number: 49107
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 26 September 1916
Age: 20
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Information recorded on the family history website, FreeBMD, suggests Frederick's birth was registered, at Stockport, between July and September 1896. The names of his parents have not been researched for this project, but they lived at 5 Ashbrook Lane, Reddish.

Frederick had attended North Reddish Council School and was an active member of the Old Scholars' Association. He worked at the Albert Mills of R Greg & Co, South Reddish. 

He originally enlisted into the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. The local newspaper, reporting his death, suggested that he enlisted on 7 November 1914, although his original service number, 3105, is more consistent with an enlistment date of mid-1915.  Around spring 1916, he transferred to the 1st Battalion - a regular army unit. although by this stage of the war very few regulars survived. It's not known why he was transferred but he was probably out of action for a while, wounded or ill. When he recovered, the 1st Battalion was probably in greater need of replacement troops.

On 25 September, Frederick took part in an attack described here. The attack was a success and the Cheshires dug-in to consolidate the gains. The next morning, their position came under heavy artillery attack and, according to a comrade, Frederick was hit by a shell. This proably explains why he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

   
           
   
     
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