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13370 Private Frederick Edward Cartwright


Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916


Born in Littleborough, Rochdale , Lancashire in 1886.

His parents were Frederick Cartwright(born in 1852) and

Amelia Nield(1853-1922). They were married in 1873.

He had 2 sisters; Rebecca(born in 1876) and

Emma(born in 1881).

In the 1891 census, the family were recorded as living at

3 Williams Terrace, Littleborough, Lancashire. Frederick snr was employed as a cotton weaver.

In the 1901 census, it was recorded that the family had moved to 117 Summit Littleborough. Frederick snr was still a cotton weaver and Frederick jnr was an errand boy for a cotton mill.

On 07/09/1907, Frederick married 

Gertrude Fitzsimmons(07/08/1884-1956). They had a daughter, Evelyn Gertrude(21/10/1907-1973). At the time of his marriage,Frederick was still  living at

117 Summit ,Littleborough and was working as a labourer at a flannelette mill.

In the 1911 census, Frederick and his family were recorded as living at 5 Centre Vale Gale Littleborough. Frederick was working as a scourer in a velvet works.

He enlisted in Rochdale and his date of disembarkation into France was on 02/10/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.  


Rochdale Observer - Saturday 22 July 1916 - " Mrs Cartwright of 6 Centre Vale Todmorden Road Littleborough has learned unofficially that her husband Private Fred Cartwright of the Devons has been killed in action in France.

Private Cartwright was 30 years of age and enlisted nearly two years ago.Formerly he worked at the

Littleborough Dyeing Company's works. A nephew and a brother in law are also in the army."   

His widow remarried in 1927 to John Keighley.

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