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Frederick Patrick Garrity was born in 1884 in Leigh.

He first enlisted into the Army in June 1902, joining the 6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers (number 889). At this time he had just turned 18 years old and had been working in a coal mine near Wigan. He appointed his his parents as his next of kin, Patrick and Mary Garrity of 1 Ashton’s yard, off Chapel Street, Wigan.

This first stint in the Army did not last long, he was discharged as being permanently unfit for service before the end of the following month.

When war broke out Frederick was mobilized into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a Special Reservist and sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion in the field on 27th August 1914.

Having been involved in the Retreat from Mons and the action at Givenchy, he was found drowned near the canal at Bethume on 3rd April 1915.


1st Battalion War Diary: 3rd April 1915

Frederick Patrick Garrity was buried in the Choques Military Cemetery. His next of kin would later receive the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. They would also receive the Memorial Plaque in recognition of his sacrifice. His war gratuity was split between his mother and his brother Richard.

Rank: Private
Service No: 7049
Date of Death: 03/04/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn, D Company.

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