Fred Nield, Private 49305, 1st Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 30th May 1918 in France, aged 20
Son of Tom and Emma Nield, of Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Fred enlisted on 5 April 1915 with the local 7th Cheshire Regiment, receiving service number 3503. On 30 August 1916, after training, he was drafted to France and transferred to the 1st Cheshire Regiment. He was later allocated service number 49305.
On 7 June 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Fred had been killed:
Mrs Nield, 10 Chapel St, has been unofficially notified that her son, Pte Fred Nield, has been killed in action in France. He was 20 years of age and received his education at St George’s Branch School, London Road. In civil life Pte Nield was employed at Messrs Backhouse and Coppock’s. Pte Nield was connected with Brunswick Chapel. His brother, Pte Harry Nield, was killed at the landing at Suvla Bay. There are also six cousins serving.
Fred’s death was officially confirmed in the newspaper on 5 July 1918.
Private Fred Nield is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, France, grave ref. Plot 2. Row G. Grave 10. His mother paid for the inscription “WE WEPT WHEN WE REMEMBERED” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Fred Nield, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Fred Nield is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, St George’s Church and St Peter’s Church war memorials, and on the Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Macclesfield Ancient Order of Foresters rolls of honour.
The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In affectionate remembrance of our dear cousins, Harry Nield and Fred Nield.”
Fred was the younger brother of Harry Nield, who served as L/Cpl 1759 with the 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment and died of wounds on 18th August 1915 at sea off Gallipoli.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 7 June and 5 July 1918; 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921