Frederick Ralph Byrom, Private SS/19375, Army Service Corps
Died of wounds 28th April 1918 in France, aged 46
Frederick Byrom was born on 29 June 1871 at Termonfeckin, near Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, the son of Mary Bertha (nee Crocker) and William Byrom, a miller who was born at Stalybridge, Cheshire. By 1891, nineteen-year-old Frederick was employed as a grocer’s assistant and living at Navigation Wharf, Black Road, Macclesfield with his parents and brother Cornelius (15), who was also born in Ireland.
Frederick married Alice Ann Leech at St George’s Church, Macclesfield on 5 December 1896. By 1911, the couple were living at 172 High Street, Macclesfield, with their three children: Gerald (13), Constance (11) and Reginald (3). By this time, Frederick had his own grocery business.
Frederick enlisted in London with the Army Service Corps, service number 19375, but was later transferred to the 719th Coy. Labour Corps, service number 301400.
On 10 May 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Frederick had died of wounds received in action:
News has been received by Mrs Byram (sic), 172 High Street, that her husband, Pte Fredk. Byram, Labour Corps, died as the result of wounds on April 28th. The sad intelligence was conveyed in a letter form the chaplain, which states – “I much regret to tell you that our hopes that your husband would live were not realised. As I told you, the wounds were very severe and one leg was completely shattered. He was not in any great pain as he was too stunned to feel it. He passed away at midnight on April 28th.”
Pte Byram was 46 years of age and enlisted about two years ago in the ASC. He was drafted out to France and later transferred to the Labour Corps. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Messrs Backhouse and Coppock. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss. The eldest son is serving in France with the RAF.
Private Frederick Byrom is buried at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, France, in grave ref. I. A. 30. His widow paid for the inscription “THY WILL BE DONE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frederick Byrom, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Elsewhere, he is named in the Ireland’s Memorial Records Roll of Honour.
Father of Gerald Byrom, who joined the Royal Flying Corps on 4 September 1916 and survived the war.
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 (Familysearch)
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1911
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers (Find My Past): St George’s Church, Macclesfield
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914-1922 (Ancestry)
British Royal Air Force, Airmen’s Service Records (Find My Past)
Macclesfield Times: 10 May 1918