Fred Inskip, Private 241682, 1st/5th Bn. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Killed in action 3rd December 1917 in Belgium, aged 35
Fred joined the local Cheshire Regiment with service number 4986 on 14 December 1898 and served in the South African wars. After moving to Goole, he enlisted there in 1915 with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, at first receiving service number 4480, and was drafted out to France in March 1916.
Fred’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 18 January 1918:
KILLED IN ACTION – FORMER LOCAL SWIMMER
News has been received by Mr Inskip, Heapy St, that his brother, Pte Fred Inskip, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was killed in action in France on December 3rd. Pte Inskip was 35 years of age and was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Robert Inskip, of Macclesfield. He was educated at Duke Street School, and on leaving school was employed in the silk throwing department of Messrs T Brocklehurst Ltd. Subsequently he went to work at Goole in Yorkshire. He took part in the South African campaign. In 1915 he enlisted in the Yorkshire Light Infantry and was drafted out to France in March, 1916. He spent a short furlough in Macclesfield in October last. While in Macclesfield Pte Inskip was a prominent member of the Swimming Club, and won several prizes at the galas.
Private Fred Inskip is buried in Grave Ref. III. I. 20. of the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Fred Inskip, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
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Macclesfield Times: 18 January 1918, 23 Sept 1921 (photo supplement)