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Ossington Newark Nottinghamshire
Fred was born in 1890 in Ossington and was the son of John a shepherd on a farm and Fanny Gash of Norwell Newark. His father was born in 1844 in Branston, Lincolnshire and his mother Fanny Harrison was born in 1855 in Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, they were married in 1877 their marriage was recorded in the Lincoln Registration District, they went on to have 10 children, sadly three were to die in infancy or early childhood, their children listed on the 1891/1901/1911 census were John b1878 Rowston, Leicestershire, William b1879 Rowston, Jesse b1880 Rowston, Rose b1883, Digby, Leicestershire, Bestsy b1885 Great Gonnerby, Lincolnshire,Thomas b1888 Ossington, Fred b1890 Ossington, Lucy b1892 Ossington and Emma b1895. In the 1911 census his parents are living at Ossington village and are shown as John 67 yrs a shepherd on a farm, he is living with his wife Fanny 56 yrs and two of their daughters Rose 28 yrs a cook/domestic and Emma 16 yrs no occupation listed. Unable at this time to race him on the 1911 census however in 1916 when he enlisted he was living at the Carpenters Arms, Mansfield where he was working as a cellar man
He was a cellar man when he enlisted
08 Aug 1917
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Carpenters Arms, Mansfield
Private
Labour Corps
Private Fred Gash enlisted at Mansfield on 28th February 1916 giving his age as 25 yrs and 296 days, his address as Carpenters Arms, Mansfield and his occupation of a cellar man, his next of kin was his mother Fanny of Norwell Village. He was posted to the reserves the following day and mobilised for war on 3rd April 1916 , he initially served with the 8th battalion Durham Light Infantry (servce number 40795) eventually transferring to 39th Company of the Labour Corps. He embarked from Folkstone on 19th March 1917 arrived the same day at Boulogne. He was admitted to the 24th General Hospital on 14th May 1917 with jaundice and on 24th May 1917 was transferred to England on board the Hospital Ship ' Newhaven'. He was treated at Kitchener's Brighton Hospital until the 8th August 1917 when he died of sclerosis of the abdomen. He was buried in Brighton City Cemetery (Bear Road), Sussex.
His brother Private Thomas Gash enlisted at Hull and served with the 1/4th battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. He died of wounds on 5th July 1916 at the General Hospital and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. His older brother William Gash was called up for service on 3rd April 1916, he was 37 yrs and 180 days old, he was living at at 2 Gelding Street, Mansfield and his occupation was that of a navvy, his next of kin was his mother Fanny of Norwell Village. He was posted to the 4th battalion Sherwood Foresters and served on the home front until on 23rd December 1916 and now serving with the 2/6th battalion Scottish Rifles he was transferred to 'W' Class reserves he was 38 yrs and 2 months old. and finally on 27th January 1919 was discharged from the army.
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