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Name: Frederick RUTHERFORD
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lance Corporal Initials: F Service No.: 18/1018
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 29
Unit: 18th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Pioneers)
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 13 Clifford Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Co-operative Society employee.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 1st July 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Crawcrook Primitive Methodist Centenary Church, Roll of Honour.
UK Commemorated: Co-operative Store Employees, Roll of Honour, Blandford House, Blandford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Becourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France. I.Q.9
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 5th August 1916.
Family Details:
Son of Joseph and Mary Ann Rutherford, of 13 Clifford Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brothers: John, George Whitfield, William, Joseph, and Michael. Sisters: Elizabeth, and Annie.
Notes : Fred is commemorated on the Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, indicating that at some point he must have worked as a miner at the pit. Before enlisting in the Commercials, Fred served his apprenticeship with the West Wylam and Prudhoe Co-operative Society, where he was a highly respected employee. After lengthy service he was appointed to work in the ready made department. On occasions he also worked at the Leeds depot during their busy season. An accomplished musician, he was at one time organist at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Crawcrook. Fred's brother, Michael, served with the Coldstream Guards during World War 1. He also played the organ at the same church and went on to give over sixty year's service to the Methodist movement. Michael was to suffer from ill health following a road accident; he was hit by a car along Crawcrook main street from which he never really recovered.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Information from family members.
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