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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 49056 Frederick Fell

  • Age: 30
  • From: Market Rasen
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 2nd August 1917
  • Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6

Frederick Fell was born in late 1886 in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, the son of Henry Crossland Fell and his wife Eliza Ann (nee Stephenson).  His parents were both born in Lincolnshire and married in Caistor, Lincolnshire in 1875.  They had five sons: William, Herbert, Harold, Frederick, and Frank.  His father was a railway clerk and station master, as was his grandfather, William Fell.

In 1891 his father is the station master at Swinton in Yorkshire (north of Rotherham).  The family lives on the premises and his brother William, 15, is a railway clerk. Frederick is 4 years old.

His father died at the age of 45 in Chester in 1896.

By 1901 his widowed mother has moved to 16 Richmond Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire. Sons William, Herbert, and Harold are all employed as railway clerks, and Frederick is 14.

His mother died in 1906, age 50.

In 1911 Frederick is boarding at 45 Kirby(?) Road in Leicester, with Frank Draycott, a railway clerk, and his family.  Frederick is 24, single, also employed as a railway clerk.

When he was 26, Frederick married Hannah Boswell on 27th January 1913 in Barrow-upon-Humber in Lincolnshire (Hannah’s place of residence).  They returned to Chorlton, where their daughter Kathleen was born, on 10/2/1914.

The details of Frederick’s military service are not known as his service record has not survived.  He enlisted in Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester and was serving as Private 49056, 20th Bn, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, when he was killed in action at the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele, on 2nd August 1917.

His widow placed a notice in the Manchester Evening News on 30th August 1917:  

“Killed in action on August 2, 1917, Lance-corporal Frederick Fell, of the King’s Liverpool Regiment.  Deeply mourned by his wife and little daughter. 16 Hartley Street, Levenshulme.” [CWGC shows Frederick’s rank as Private.]

His widow Hannah returned to Lincolnshire and settled in New Holland, a village across the Humber from Hull, living at Normanby Villa, Peploe Lane; she received a pension of 18/9d a week for herself and child.

In 1939 Hannah, now 54, and Kathleen, 25, are still living at 16 Peploe Lane.  Kathleen is single, a shorthand typist at a chemical works.  Hannah never remarried and died in 1977.  Kathleen married and had three children; she lived until 2005, and died in Lincolnshire at the age of 91.

The National Railway Museum records that Frederick was employed by Great Central Railway in the Accounts Department at Dukinfield.

Frederick is commemorated on the Men of New Holland Memorial.

Killed On This Day.

(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old