Wardle, Frederick

Frederick Wardle, Private 35361, “C” Coy. 1/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 20th September 1917 in Belgium, aged 28

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Joseph and Maria Wardle, of 15 King St, Macclesfield.

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WW1 SERVICE

Frederick’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 October 1917:

MILL STREET MISSION LOSS – SAD NEWS FOR LOCAL PARENTS

Mr Joseph Wardle, 15 King St, off Buxton Rd, has been officially notified of the death in action on September 20th of his son, Pte Frederick Wardle, Cheshire Regt. The sad news has been confirmed in a letter written by a Macclesfield soldier named Walsh, who resides in Duke Street. The late Pte Wardle was a native of Macclesfield and twenty-eight years of age. He received his education at Duke Street day schools and was a regular attendant at Mill Street Mission. Pte Wardle was formerly employed in the Health Department of the Corporation and joined the Army twelve months ago last February. He was posted out to France after a few months’ training and was wounded in the thigh and arm with shrapnel. The deceased soldier was sent back to England, and after receiving treatment at Mill Road hospital, Liverpool, was again drafted to the front in May or June of this year.

His brother, Pte Joseph Wardle, is serving in France with the Cheshire Regt. He enlisted on the outbreak of war and went out to the Dardanelles with the local Territorials, being invalided home with dysentery. A memorial service to Pte Frederick Wardle will be conducted at Mill Street Mission on Sunday week.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Frederick Wardle has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 61 to 63 of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frederick Wardle, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Private Frederick Wardle is commemorated in Macclesfield on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and the Mill Street Mission war memorials. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In memory of Frederick Wardle and Joseph Wardle, from father and family.” (As printed in the Macclesfield Courier, 24th September 1921).

 

NOTES

Brother of Joseph Wardle, who served with the Cheshire Regiment and died in April 1918.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 26 October 1917, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921


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