Chatteris WW1 Soldier Fred Papworth (18737), Chatteris Remembers Biography
Fred Papworth 18137 1st Bn Suffolk Regiment Died 27-03-1915 Fred Papworth was born in 1879 in Chatteris. In 1891 Fred was living with his parents, Ingle and Martha, at 80 West Park St. By 1901 Fred was married to Henrietta and living 114 Anchor St with 2 children. In 1911 Fred and his wife, Henrietta were living in Chapel Lane, Chatteris with their 3 sons and 2 daughters. Fred’s vocation was a farm labourer. Fred enlisted in Chatteris and joined the 1st Bn Suffolk Regiment, D Company. Fred was killed in action on April 16th 1915. A letter to his wife (then living in Moxon’s Passage) appeared in the Cambridgeshire Times, April 16th 1915. It stated that they were leaving the trenches at 9.15pm when Fred got hit in the back by a bullet which grazed his heart. He died 5 mins later and was buried at Lindenhoek Cemetery on the borders of France and Belgium. The diary for the Battalion states that the 1st Suffolks were in the trenches in front of Kemmel at the time and that “the enemy snipers in this area were both watchful and wary. The road to the trenches was sunken and sodden, and continually swept by fire – a troublesome state of affairs”. Fred had only been in the army for 9 weeks and at the front for 2 weeks. He had been in the militia before signing up. By the time he died he had 7 children. His brother, Arthur also died in the war. Chatteris Remembers File Contains: • CWGC certificate • Soldiers Died Document • 1911 Census, 1891 Census • Newspaper Report – Cambs Times, Apr 16, 1915 (Report of Death, inc photo) • Photo of grave Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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