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Fred Barraclough

Private Fred Barraclough

10th West Yorkshire Regiment

Died 8th July 1916 at University War Hospital, Netley, Southampton as a result of gunshot wounds

Fred Barraclough was the son of George and Priscilla Barraclough of 25 Fitzroy Road. He was the brother of William Barraclough who was killed on the 24 April 1916. A former pupil of Barkerend Primary School and a member of St Clement’s Church and Sunday School.

Fred Barraclough

In a newspaper report of his funeral we are told that Fred was a very popular person in the Barkerend Road district, and his funeral was attended by scholars and teachers from his former school and from the Church and Sunday School.

Fred had been a soldier for only thirteen weeks when he was sent to the front and he died only a month after arriving there.

He had last seen his parents at his brother Willie’s memorial service (Willie Barraclough is buried at Sucriere Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France) about six weeks before his death.

On 3 July he received a gunshot wound to the chest which, despite his evacuation to the University War Hospital in Netley, proved too severe for him to survive and he died on 8 July 1916.

It was stated at Fred’s funeral that his family and friends had taken consolation from the fact that he had died fighting bravely for his country. The body was conveyed to Undercliffe Cemetery on a gun carriage supplied by the commanding officer at Bradford Moor Barracks, from where a party of bearers attended.

Postcard received by his parents.

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