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Person Details
Worksop, Nottinghamshire
26 Jul 1918
22
274731 - CWGC Website
8253
Driver
C Bty 152nd Bde Royal Field Artillery
Frederick Edward Shawcroft Frederick Shawcroft was born to George, a coal hewer, and Emma Shawcroft in 1897 spending his early years at 43 Kilton Road. The family moved to Pinxton with Frederick obtaining employment after leaving school as a pony driver. After calling for Frederick in 1916, the Army made him a driver in the Royal Field Artillery, no doubt because of his experience with pit ponies. Following the Spring 1918 German attacks, the French General, Ferdinand Foch was appointed Allied Supreme Commander and it was he who ordered the British XX11 Corps to assist the French in the Marne and Oise area in anticipation in a further German attack. Driver Shawcroft was serving in the 152nd Brigade acting as part of the divisional artillery of the 51st Highland Division when he was killed most likely by German counter battery fire just before a main attack, a phase of the Second Battle of the Marne called the Battle of the Tardenois on 2 August 1918. He was one of three Britons buried in the Villers-Helon French Military Cemetery moved to the Vauxbuin French National Cemetery when graves were concentrated after the war Courtesy of Robert Illett
CWG additional information:- Son of Mrs. Emma Shawcroft, of 42, Wharf Rd., Pinxton, Notts.
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