32157 Pte Fred Crabtree, 10th Bn York and Lancaster Regt.
Born in Burnley. Lancashire in 1888, Fred was employed as a Loom Over-Looker at the Rake Head Shed, Burnley before the war. Originally serving as 267421 in the Army Service Corps from November 1916 (after being on the reserve and still at home since December 1915), he was transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment (10th Bn) in March 1917, with whom he arrived in France later that month. In April 1917, Fred was allocated to the 10th York and Lancs but was wounded in the face on 26 April and was destined to spend the next months in hospital. He rejoined his battalion on 26 June 1917 but was killed in action just 19 days later on 15 July.
Fred is now buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
15 July 1917
Research by David O'Mara