1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 33102 Fred Gidney
- Age: 30
- From: St John, Brunswick, Canada
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- K.I.A Wednesday 1st August 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6
Fred Gidney was born in 1887 in St John, Brunswick, Canada and resided in Liverpool. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Anne Gidney, of 125, Sydney St, Saint John, New Brunswick, and the late Robert Gidney.
He enlisted in Liverpool originally joining the 1st Battlion and he was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 33102 when he was killed in action on the 1st August, 1917 aged 30 during the third Battle of Ypres.
The 20th Battalion diary gives details of the circumstances that the Battalion found themselves in during the early phases of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Having taken part in the initial fighting of 31st July 1917 there is a general write up in relation to the period 01st -08th August and specifics solely from the 03rd August. As such it is impossible to say exactly how each of the men who fell on 1st or 2nd August met their death.
20th Battalion Diary 1st August – 8th August
The Battalion continued to hold the position taken up on the morning of 31st July. After the first day the weather was very wet and the going very difficult, but the men’s spirits remained wonderfully good. From time to time there was very heavy enemy shelling and in addition to this machine guns and snipers were very active. The work of communication was extremely difficult and the wires to Companies and to Battalions on our flanks were repeatedly cut and were only kept going by most excellent work by our linesmen, who suffered very heavy casualties as also did the runners.
Fred has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.
He is also remembered on a Canadian Roll of Honour panel
His effects were sent to Rose Irwin.
We currently have no further information on Fred Gidney, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.
Killed On This Day.(103 Years this day)
Thursday 19th September 1918.
Pte 88128 John William Rimmer
33 years old