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Name:
Fred Merryweather
Casualty No.:
Initials:
F
Service No.:
21/266
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Wallsend
Age at Death:
28
Ranks:
Private
Unit:
18th Batt. D.L.I.
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Darlington
Home Address:
Barnard Castle
Civilian Employment:
Hairdresser/ tobacconist
Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
12-January-1918
Place of Death:
Battles & Campaigns:
UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetry, Steenwerck
Buried:
Le Grand beaumart British Cemetery
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Death Notice/Obituary:

At the time of his supposed death Fred was acting as a runner for the troops and was posted as missing after a very heavy German attack on their positions. When last seen he was unwounded and it was therefore suspected that he might have been taken prisoner. This  turned out not to be the case.

Teesdale Mercury-16/04/1919: Local and other notes: Killed in action

Family Details:

Son of John Thomas Merryweather and late Sarah Ann Cash.  Sarah was widowed and married Matthew Cash of Barnard Castle, she died 11December 1917 buried at St Mary's Barnard Castle.

His Brother Arthur emigrated to Kansas City in 1910 on S.S. Lusitania.

Notes:

Fred was a hairdresser/ tobacconist at 15 market Place; he relinquished the business upon enlisting. A concert was held for Fred and another local soldier, John Wright before they left for the front. 

In August 1917 The Mercury reported that Fred was enjoying a short respite from the Front at his parent's house after taking part in a 'good deal of severe fighting'.

He was reported missing on 12th April 1918.

Teesdale Mercury-22/05/1918: Local and other notes: Fate unknown

Teesdale Mercury-08/08/1917: Local and other notes: Home on leave

Teesdale Mercury-07/06/1916: Local War News: Letter - in France

Teesdale Mercury-17/11/1915: News item: Two Barnard Castle men join the 21st Durhams

Teesdale Mercury-15/05/1918: Local and other notes: Posted as missing

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First Name: Private Individual; ; Last Name: St Mary's data; Private Individual; www.cwgc.org ; Unit: Private Individual; Ranks: St Mary's data; Service Number: St Mary's data; Place Enlisted: Private Individual; Place of Birth: St Mary's data; Home Address: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Civilian Employment: St Mary's data; Date of Death: Private Individual; Age at Death: Private Individual; Buried: St Mary's data; Cause of Death: St Mary's data; Overseas Commemorated: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Local Memorials: www.newmp.org.uk; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914;