Bardsley, Fred

Fred Bardsley, Private 52797, 1st/7th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action 22nd July 1918 in France, aged 19

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Tom and Elizabeth Lydia Bardsley, of Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

The death of Private Bardsley was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 24 August 1918:

PRIVATE F BARDSLEY – Mr and Mrs Bardsley, 98 Waters Green, have been informed that their son, Private Fred Bardsley, Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action on July 22nd. He enlisted on September 19th, 1917, and last April was drafted to France. Nearly 19 years of age, he was educated at Mill Street School, and attended Sunderland Street Chapel.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Fred Bardsley is buried at Bertrancourt Military Cemetery, in grave ref. Plot 2. Row E. Grave 34. His mother asked for the inscription “HEROIC SACRIFICE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Fred Bardsley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Fred Bardsley is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and Sunderland Street Chapel war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Courier:24 August 1918

 


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