Frederick FALLOWS
Rank: Private
Number: M274449
Unit: Grove Park Motor Transport Depot ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 27 December 1916
Age: 37
Cemetery: Cheadle & Gatley Cemetery

Frederick Fallows was a native of Gatley. His parents were Thomas & Margaret Fallows and they lived at 61 Church Road in the village. Between January and March 1899, Frederick married Florence Barlow in a civil ceremony at Stockport. They lived at 9 Duchy Street, Stockport and had a son, also called Fred. Sometime later, Florence must have died as, at some point, Frederick married again to Maude who, after the War, moved to 67 Watson's Lane, Blackpool.

According to the Census, Frederick was a tram driver so it is, perhaps, no surprise that when he enlisted, in Stockport, he was sent to the Army Service Corps. Grove Park, in south east London, had originally been a workhouse and hospital. It was taken over by the army in September 1914 and quickly became the main drivers' training depot. It was not unusual for 400 men to report in a single day with those already able to drive quickly being sent to the front. Each soldier had to be able to drive four different types of vehicle and it likely that Frederick would have needed some instruction from the 100 London bus drivers conscripted as trainers.

Frederick is recorded as having "died". This designation by the military authorities usually suggests natural causes. Frederick never served abroad.

(NB: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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