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Pelsall Staffordshire.
Fred Ghilks was born in 1885 at Pelsalls, Staffordshire, and was the son of the late John a coal miner hewer and Jane Ghilks née Holland. His father John Ghilks was born in 1858 at Ogley Hay, Staffordshire, he died in 1901 aged 43 yrs, his mother Sarah Jane Holland was born in 1858 at Pelsall, Staffordshire, they were married on 25th December 1879 at Pelsall, they went on to have the following children, Julia b1881, John b1882, Peter b1883, Joseph b1884, Frederick b1886, Allen b1888, Thomas b1890, Elizabeth b1892, Ethel b1894 and Emma b1896 all were born in Staffordshire. Fred married Maria Marsland (born 10th October 1885 Dunkesfield) they were married on 24th December 1907 at Ashton Under Lyne and had the following children Gladys, born February 1910 Mansfield Woodhouse and Ethel, born June 1913 Mansfield they lived at 2 Spring Hill Mansfield Woodhouse. Following his death his widow Maria was awarded a pension of 34 shillings and 10 pence a week which commenced on 29th July 1918 she later lived at 163 Birch Lane, Dunkesfield.
Coal Miner Hewer.
30 Jan 1917
1753129 - CWGC Website
2 Spring Hill. Mansfield Woodhouse.
Royal Garrison Artillery
Bombardier Fred Ghilks enlisted 9th November 1914 aged 27 years and 305 days he was living at 2 Spring Hill, Mansfield Woodhouse, he was a caol miner. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery in the Near East embarking from Devonport on 15th December 1915 disembarking at Port Said on 29th December 1915. On 8th April 1916 he embarked from Alexandria and disembarked at Marseilles on 15th April 1916. He had been wounded and taken prisoner at Cambrai and died on on 30th January 1917 his name is recorded on the Cambrai memorial
His brother, Joseph was killed on 22/08/1918 whilst also serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery.
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