Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Chadwick, Fred - Bombardier (L423)

Bombardier Fred Chadwick
64th Brigade,
Royal Field Artillery,
Killed In Action
11th December 1917,
Age 28.
Buried Dochy Farm New British Cemetery

Newspaper Report:

Bombardier Fred Chadwick, R.F.A., and late of 260 Blackburn Road, Haslingden, is officially reported killed in action on December 11th 1917.
28 years of age, he enlisted in February 1915, and after training at Salisbury Plain he was drafted to the front, where he has been for nearly two years.  An enemy shell burst as he and others were working their gun, and killed five, wounded three, and buried two.
Before joining the Army he worked as a weaver at Carr Mill.
He was actively associated with Wesley Church, Blackburn Road, as the Band of Hope secretary, and a Sunday School teacher, and on Sunday evening the Rev. Albert F. Hall conducted a service to his memory.
Mr. Hall referred to the deceased's radiant life and cheerful character; the choir rendered special music; and the organist (Mr. A.H. Holden) played the "Dead March".
The deceased soldier leaves a wife and infant daughter.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of our dear Brother, Bombardier Fred Chadwick, who was killed in action on December 11th 1917.

"Somewhere there is a soldier's grave,
Lies our dear brother amongst the brave;
His loving face which was so kind,
Is missed by those who are left behind."

From his Sisters and Brother; also Sister in law and Brother in law.

"As the flowers wither and leaves cease to be,
Our thoughts and remembrance will still be of thee."

From Uncle Walter, Aunt Juliana, and Family.

"Gone, but not forgotten."

From Sisters and Brother, 33 Beaconsfield Street, Haslingden.

"We loved him, yes, no tongue can tell,
How deep, how dearly, and how well;
God loved him too, and thought it best,
To take him home with Him to rest.

Christ shall clasp the broken chain,
Closer when we meet again."

From his ever-loving Wife and Child, Elizabeth Alice and Edna, 250 Blackburn Road, Haslingden.

"Time may pass, we still shall miss him,
Words will fail our love to tell;
But in Heaven we hope to meet him;
Jesus doeth all things well."

From his sorrowing Father and Mother in law, Rd. and E. Skilling, 260 Blackburn Road, Haslingden.

"A day of remembrance sad to recall."

From Brothers and Sisters.

"Not gone from memory, not gone from love,
But gone to his Father's home above."

From Mr. and Mrs. and Violet Hollows, 35, Warwick Street, Haslingden.

"He sleep with England's heroes,
In the watchful care of God.
"Forget him? No, I never shall."

From his sincere Friend Tom, in France.

"I often think of days gone by,
When we were both together;
A shadow o'er my life is cast,
A dear one gone for ever."

From his sorrowing Wife and Child, Elizabeth Alice Chadwick and Edna, 260 Blackburn Road, Haslingden.

"Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away."

From his Father and Mother in law, Rd and E. Skilling 260 Blackburn Road, Haslingden.