Fred Catterall, Lance Corporal 290220, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died 26th March 1917 in Palestine, aged 23
Son of Edward and Alice Jane Catterall, of 53, Napier St., Ardwick, Manchester.
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His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 20 April 1917:
A LOCAL ATHLETE – LCE-CORPORAL CATTERALL KILLED AT GAZA
Mr Edward Catterall, 4 House 1 Court Windmill St, Macclesfield, has been officially notified of the death in action at the battle of Gaza on March 26th of his son Lce-Corpl Fred Catterall, Cheshire Regt. Lce-Corpl Catterall was 23 years of age and nearly six feet in height. He was born in Manchester and his parents came to live in Derby St, Macclesfield when he was six years of age. The lance-corporal received his education at Christ Church day school and was formerly employed at Messrs Carlisle’s paper mill, Heapy St. On the outbreak of war he was mobilised with the local Territorials, having previously served for over twelve months. The deceased was drafted out to Suvla Bay, where he had a narrow escape, a bullet embedding itself in a bully beef tin in his haversack. He remained in the Dardanelles for six months, and afterwards went into hospital suffering from frostbite. Lance-Corpl Catterall subsequently set sail for England, arriving on Christmas morning of 1915. Upon recovery he came home on a ten days furlough about the end of February. He was then transferred to Oswestry, from whence he was ordered out to Egypt at the end of March 1916. [He] was… a member of the old Macclesfield Athletic Club, in which he gained several prizes…
In Macclesfield, L/Cpl Fred Catterall is commemorated on the Christ Church School war memorial.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 20 April 1917, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)