FAIRCLOUGH, FREDERICK 2493 Private 1/8th Battalion T.F. 125th Bde 42nd Div

THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS

Born Preston  Enlisted Salford  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  Gallipoli  22nd June 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 25.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 10th July 1915

According to a letter received from Sgt. Holmes of Farington, who is in the R.A.M.C., Pte Fred Fairclough of the Lancashire Fusiliers, has died of wounds at the front. The letter was received on Saturday.

Pte Fairclough was formerly connected with St. Ambrose Church Lads Brigade, and was employed as a joiner at the Farington Mill. His home was in Turpin Green.

Sgt. Holmes, in the letter, states that he attended the deceased after he was hit, and was with him to the end.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 31st July 1915

Official notification has been received of the death of Fred Fairclough – killed in action at the Dardanelles 22nd June 1915.

Fred was 21 years of age and lived with his parents at No 1 Turpin Green. A member of Red Rose F.C., his brother Jack has enlisted and is in the 8th Battalion, the Loyal North Lancs. Regiment, training at Aldershot.

Frederick Fairclough’s name is on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Frederick Fairclough is commemorated on the:-

HELLES MEMORIAL, TURKEY

The names of the men of the Lancashire Fusiliers are on Panel Nos. 58-72. No next-of-kin information.

The Helles Memorial bears over 20, 000 names and is both the memorial to the Gallipoli campaign and to men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters, except for the men of Australia and New Zealand who are named on other memorials. The memorial stands on the tip of the peninsula and is in the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 12th October 1918

Rifleman R. Fairclough, King’s Liverpools, has been awarded the Military Medal. Aged 21 his home is No. 1 Turpin Green, Leyland (this is the brother of the Frederick of this sheet).

Electoral Register – Leyland 1918

1 Turpin Green - Fairclough, William and Margaret

1 Turpin Green - Fairclough, John - Naval / Military Vote

1 Turpin Green - Fairclough, Richard - Naval / Military Vote

‘Gallipoli 1915’ Campaign Series 8 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite.

As reinforcements, the 125th Brigade of the 42nd Division disembarked from Egypt on the night of 5/6th May 1915.

With these reinforcements Gen. Hamilton planned a new offensive on Achi Baba, in what became known as the ‘Second Battle of Krithia.’ He remained off shore, having transferred his staff to a new command-ship ‘Arcadian’. (see Yates, Samuel). This eventually resulted in stalemate after the 8th of May, as did the ‘3rd Battle of Krithia’ which began on June 4th – the 42nd Division still being involved.

It was in the fighting that continued in the Helles Sector after 3rd Krithia that Frederick Fairclough lost his life.

Lancashire Daily Post Saturday June 22nd, 1918

‘In Memoriam’

FAIRCLOUGH - In loving memory of Pte Fred Fairclough, Lanc. Fus. who was killed at the Dardanelles June 22nd, 1915 aged 21 years. – Remembered by all at 3 Rose Terrace, Farington.

Note:- 3 Rose Street, Farington in the above item, is the address given in the L.D.P. of Jan 1st,

1918  in  the  ‘In  Memoriam’  to  Gunner  Joe  Hull:  just  what  connection  there  is  between  the Fairclough and Hull families is not known.

Fairclough, Frederick. WE Waring 2003