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Private Frederick Heald

Civilian Occupation: Gas Worksimage

Frederick Heald was 26 when he died in Mesopotamia on 17/07/1916.

His sacrifice is recalled at the BASRA WAR CEMETERY and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/I/109b. He attended St George’s Church, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:

Died of Sunstroke. Attended St George’s Church and Sunday School. CMB gives date of death as only July 1916. Chorley Guardian article and photograph of 9/9/1916 adds age, occupation and address of 159 Brook Street.

The 1911 Census has him at 9 Knowles Street, Chorley: Thomas M Heald (46, Head, Operative, Cotton Mill, Spinning, Born in Chorley), Mary Eliz. Heald (45, Wife, Married 21 years, 8 children, 3 living, 5 dead, Housewife, Born in Skelmersdale), Frederick Heald (21, Son, Cotton Piecer, Born in Chorley), Thomas Heald (18, Son, Plater down, Bleaching, Cotton, Born in Chorley), Arthur Heald (10, Son, School, Born in Chorley), John Ed. Mather (32, Cousin, Shop Assistant, Furniture Dealer, Born in Chorley), Charles Lathom (53, Boarder, Joiner, Builder, Born in Chorley), Leonard Aspinwall [sic] (24, Boarder, Collier, Hewer, Born in Skelmersdale), Elizabeth A Aspinwall [sic] (24, Boarder, Married 4 years, 2 children, both living, Domestic, Born in Leigh), Jack Aspinwall [sic] (11 months, Boarder, Born in Atherton), James Manni [sic] (22, Boarder, Collier, Hewer, Born in Atherton), John McSherry (22, Boarder, Collier, Hewer, Born in Whitehaven).

The 1901 Census has him at 9 Knowles Street, Chorley: Thomas Mather Heald (36, Head, Cotton Spinner, Born in Chorley), Mary Elizabeth Heald (35, Wife, Born in Skelmersdale), Frederick Heald (11, Son, Born in Chorley), Thomas Heald (8, Son, Born in Chorley), Arthur Heald (3 months, Son, Born in Chorley).

The 1891 Census has him at 2 Emily Street, Chorley: Thomas M Heald (26, Head, Cotton Spinner, Born in Chorley), Mary Elizabeth Heald (25, Wife, Born in Skelmersdale), Frederick Heald (1, Son, Born in Chorley).

Frederick Heald was born in Chorley in 1890, mother’s maiden name Pilkington. He was Baptised at St George’s Church 23/2/1890, living a 2 Emily Street, Chorley. His father was a “self-acting minder”.

Frederick Heald married Elizabeth Alice Griffith at St James’ Church, Chorley. His photograph in the Album may well be that of him at his wedding as he is wearing a buttonhole. Elizabeth Alice was living at 9 Cowling Road, Chorley on 1911 Census. Elizabeth noted as widow on Register of Soldiers’ Effects and marriage noted on Lancashire BMD. The Register of Soldiers’ Effects also notes a change of name of his widow to Atherton. Elizabeth Alice Heald remarried John Atherton in 1918.

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Adam Cree has been a History teacher since 1992. He has been cataloguing and researching the Chorley Memorial Album of Astley Hall and its compiler, Susannah Knight since 2006. As a consequence he has developed a growing interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Adam is keen to understand the context of the communities which these men came from. He tries to explore the family relationships, friendships and connections that make them a part of the past and the present.
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