12-561 CQMS Frederick CHARLESWORTH 12th York and Lancaster Regiment. Later 2Lt with the West Riding Regiment.
Frederick was born on the 10th July 1879 at Brockholes, near Huddersfield, son of Ralph and Dinah CHARLESWORTH.
Died 1st February 1919
Frederick was schooled at Brockholes where he joined the teaching staff and subsequently attended St Marys College, Bangor. He then took up a position as a teacher at the Park School, Sheffield. Later having positions at the Manor School and Duchess Road School.
St Marys College Bangor
Duchess Road School
Frederick was one of the first men to volunteer to join the Sheffield City Battalion, attesting on the 10th September 1914 at the Sheffield Corn Exchange. His given occupation being schoolmaster. He appears in the picture below having quickly risen to the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant, appointed on 28th September 1914.
Frederick did not take part in the advance of the 1st July 1916 but he must have bore witness to the devastation of the Battalion. He would receive a commission and on the 31st July 1917 be appointed 2nd Lieutenant with the West Riding Regiment. His given address at this time is 145 Murray Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield.
On the 30th March 1918 during the German Michael Offensive Frederick suffered gas poisoning and was transferred for treatment and convalescence in the UK.
He was eventually given a position with the Ministry of Labour located at Birmingham University primarily involved in the supervision, demobilisation and resettlement of ex-servicemen. It was whilst on a period of leave commenced in January 1919 that what appears to be a heart condition possibly contributed to by the gas poisoning would cause him to succumb.
Frederick was so ill in the early part of 1919 that he returned to Sheffield to seek treatment from doctors whom he trusted. Unfortunately this did not help and he died on the 1st February 1919 aged only 41 at 535 City Road. He was buried in the churchyard of St Georges Church Brockholes.
The cause of death was given as Aortic Mitral Valvular Disease of the heart, subacute gastritis and heart failure.
St Georges Church Brockholes
Church War Memorial