Frederick CLEWES
Rank: Driver
Number: L/3903
Unit: A Battery, 148th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 20 October 1918
Age: 28
Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France

When the census was taken in 1901, 11 year old Fred was living with his parents, Henry and Annie, and his four older siblings at 34 Richardson Street, Stockport. Nothing is known of his early life but, in 1915, he married his fiancée, Elizabeth West, at St Matthew’s Church. However, their home was in Liverpool and Fred enlisted into the army there. 148th Brigade was raised locally in 1915 and its original members were men from the north west and Fred was probably amongst them. He will have seen action in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and the Third Battle of Ypres the following year.

However, Fred did not die in action but of natural causes at a military hospital on the Channel coast. His cause of death is not known but many millions became victims of a virulent form of influenza, known as Spanish Flu, in the autumn of that year.

When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, Elizabeth had returned to Stockport and was living at 33 Great Moor Street.

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