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PRESCOTT, Frederick

Conflict Commemorated:WWI


First Name:Frederick

Birthplace:Hainton, Horncastle


Service Number:16112

Regiment/ Service:Lincolnshire Regiment

Unit:4th Bn.

Date of Death:15/04/1918

Cause of Death:Killed in action

Place of Death:Battle of Bailleul

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL Hainaut


Panel/ Bay/ Grave:3

UK Memorials:Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour WW1

Next of Kin:Husband of Edith Ann Clark from Fulletby

Biographical Notes:1891 Census: Frederick, son of Charles and Mary A. Prescott, of Neal Street, Grimsby, aged 2, (born Hainton). 1901 Census - Fred, Visitor, of William and Ann Prescott, of Little London, Legsby, aged 12, born South Willingham [Note, visiting grand-parents with his brother Alfred, aged 8] 1911 Census - Fredrick Prescot, Boarder in the household of Charles Shaw, of Fulletby, Horncastle and working as a Waggoner on Farm, (born Hainton). Enlisted Horncastle

Notes:Died 1916 according to Lincolnshire Regiment Roll. Frederick Prescott's marriage certificate reveals that he married Edith Annie Clark, age 22 from Fulletby, on 1 July 1913 - no doubt Frederick met Edith whilst boarding on a farm at Fulletby. To further compound the anomalies associated with Frederick's various recorded details, the marriage certificate lists his age as 22! He would, have been 24 by then. At the time of his marriage was recorded as living at Great Sturton, with the occupation of 'labourer' - most probably working on a farm. Although it is not known for certain, it appears that Frederick died during the 'Battle of Bailleul', which extended over the three days 13-15 April 1918. Fierce fighting was taking place along the Western Front at this time as the German Army was engaged in its great offensive operation and British troops all along the Line were forced into a series of desperate fighting withdrawals. On 15 April, the day Frederick died, the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment held positions well down the forward slope of Ravetsberg Ridge where it was under observation from the enemy. An enemy bombardment began at 12 noon and Crucifix Corner (behind the left flank of the battalion) came in for particular attention. A heavy frontal attack against the whole line then developed and eventually the Germans captured the crest of Crucifix Hill. The enemy was now able to dominate the whole of the 4th Battalion line with machine-gun fire and the Lincolnshire men were forced to retire. When the roll was taken the casualty figures included 170 missing. Frederick is presumed to be among that number. (SOURCE UNKNOWN)

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