Fred Bardsley, Private 52797, 1st/7th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action 22nd July 1918 in France, aged 19
Son of Tom and Elizabeth Lydia Bardsley, of Macclesfield, Cheshire.
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.
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.