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Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, attached 2nd Battalion.

Killed in Action 23rd April 1915, age 19.

Remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.

Student of Banking.


 

Frederick was born at Sunderland on 14th June 1895 and was the second of three sons of Robert and Jessie Haswell. He was educated at Bede Collegiate School, Sunderland, where he was “well liked by both masters and boys”, had an interest in music and literature and won his cricket colours. After a brief period of employment at the National Provincial Bank in Manchester he joined the University in 1913 as a Banking student.

He was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from October 1913 and applied for a commission when war broke out. He was gazetted as a Second Lieutenant to his unit in August 1915 and saw active service attached to the 2nd Battalion. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 2nd February 1915. He was killed on 23rd April 1915 near Ypres and a Major in his unit wrote that Frederick “had only been with us a short time, but quite long enough to endear himself to all ranks, and he leaves a gap very difficult to fill. I was not near him when he fell, but he was gallantly leading his men when he was shot in the head, death being instantaneous, which is always a comforting thing to know. He died bravely, as a brave man should.”

Frederick’s will left £356 10s. 10d. to his father who was listed at the time as an Engine Works Secretary.

Frederick’s older brother Gordon served as a Captain in the King’s Own Light Infantry and also died during the war.