Frederick Fawkner, Private 2795, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died 12th April 1915 in Baldock, Hertfordshire, aged 18 years
Frederick Fawkner was born in Macclesfield and baptised at St John’s Church on 31st December 1896, the son of Susannah and Albert Fawkner, a carter, of 102 Higginbotham Street.
In 1911, at the age of 14, Frederick was working as a labourer at a printworks and living with his family at 61, Hyde Lane, Hyde, Cheshire.
Frederick had been employed at Hallowell’s Rope Works and prior to enlisting he was working at Neckwear Ltd.
Frederick attested at Macclesfield in November 1914. A tall young man, he stood six feet one inches.
Whilst stationed at Baldock, Hertfordshire, Frederick, who was not on duty at the time, was reported to have been seen to run from the recreation room to his billet during a heavy rain shower. He dropped suddenly in the street, and when help got to him, it was found that Frederick was unable to speak and he was very ill. He was carried into the billet but never recovered consciousness and died soon afterwards on 12th April 1915 at the age of 18 years.
His family had moved back to 42, Coronation Street, but in the local newspaper report his home address was stated to be 1, Saville Street, Macclesfield.
Private Frederick Fawkner is buried in Grave Ref. G. 6096. in Macclesfield Cemetery, Cheshire.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Frederick Fawkner, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.