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Lieutenant, 11th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, attached 6th Battalion.

Died 23rd July 1916, age 24.

Buried in Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, France.

Former student of french and teaching.

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Fred, born on 24th August 1891, was the son of Edward and Sarah Jane Roberts. After leaving Manchester Central Secondary School he came to Manchester University in 1910 and obtained a B.A. in French in 1913, and an M.A. and Teaching Diploma in 1914. After his studies he went to Stand Grammar School in Whitefield as a French master.

Fred joined the University Officer Training Corps in October 1914 and left when he was gazetted in February 1915. He was promoted a year later and was also recommended for a captaincy. On 23rd July 1916 Fred was killed by a shell during a heavy enemy artillery bombardment. The regimental colonel in a letter to Fred’s aunt wrote: “He had only been a short time with us, but sufficiently long to enable us to form a very high estimate of his character as a soldier. He was absolutely fearless; always a willing volunteer for any duty, however dangerous. I feel I am losing one of my best officers, and the ranks deplore his untimely but gallant end, for he was a friend of all.” His headstone reads “M.A. Manchester University. The magnitude of his sacrifice known only unto God”. Effects worth £174 6s 3d were left to a spinster called Ellen Roberts.