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  • Photograph was published 17th April 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Radford, Nottingham
Fred May was born in 1890 the son of James, a furniture remover, and Mary May née Ibell. She died at Nottingham aged 55 in 1909. James was born in 1858 in Shalstone, Buckingham, Mary Ibell in 1855 at Barton, Hampshire. Married in 1877 in the Basford Registration District, they had the following children, all of whom were born in Nottingham - James Benjamin b.1880, John Thomas b.1882, Harry b.1884, Lily b.1888, Fred b.1890, Jesse b.1893, Joyce Mary b.1895 and Edith b.1898. In 1911, the family was living at 20 Connaught Street, Radford, Nottingham. On that year's census, James was listed as a furniture remover, living with his daughters Joyce Mary a lace hand and Edith a packer and sorter. Also at the address were his married son Harry, a labourer, his wife Emma and their children Prudence aged 5, Harry Ambrose aged 4 and James William 4 months. Fred had left the family home and joined the army by 1911. He was serving as a private soldier and cook with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters who were in barracks in England.
He was a career soldier.
04 Mar 1917
27
805575 - CWGC Website
10103
Radford, Nottingham
Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Fred May enlisted at Nottingham and served with 1st Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. He landed in France on 4th November 1914 and was killed in action. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and face 10C, 10D & 11A.
Fred's brother Lance Corporal Harry May attested on 24th June 1916 and was called up on 1st September 1917. He served with the Royal Engineers and survived the war. He was discharged on 31st January 1919.
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  • Photograph was published 17th April 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Fred May - Photograph was published 17th April 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918