CATTERALL, FRED  26779  Private  1st Battalion  16th Brigade  6th Division

THE KING’S (SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY)

Born Farington  Enlisted Wrexham  Living Nelson, Lancs.

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  12th January 1917

Formerly 1874 Denbigh Yeomanry

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 55.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 3rd February 1917

Pte Fred Catterall, Shropshire Light Infantry, son of Mr and Mrs Catterall, 46 Cooper Street, Nelson, and formerly of Leyland, died from shell-shock on 12th January 1917. He was 23 years of age.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine February 1894

Baptised 28th January 1894: Fred son of James and Ellen Catterall of Farington. James and Ellen had married at St. Andrew’s July 27th,1893.

Fred Catterall’s name does not appear on any memorial in Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Fred Catterall is buried in the:-

VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY

PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE Plot V Row E Grave 40. Age 23, son of James and Ellen Catterall, 46 Cooper Street, Nelson, Lancs.

Vermelles is a village midway between Béthune and Lens, and north of the main road connecting the two towns.

Note:- From the place of burial it would seem that the 1st King’s were in the line near Béthune/Lens when Fred Catterall was killed in action. There were no major battles at this time, just prior to the German retreat to the Hindenberg Line (14th March to 5th April, 1917).

Catterall, Fred. WE Waring 2004