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Forename(s): Fred

Place of Birth: Glusburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 18/1513

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1918-10-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: D. 33.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

Fred Bottomley was the son of James Henry and Nancy Bottomley, née Pearson. James was born at Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire and Nancy at Oldham, Lancashire.

1901 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: Glusburn Green - Fred Bottomley, aged 4 years, born Glusburn, son of Nancy Bottomley (married).

1911 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: 19, Croft Head Terrace - Fred Bottomley, aged 14 years, born Sutton, Yorkshire, son of James Henry and Nancy Bottomley.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Fred Bottomley, 18/1513, W. York. R. Theatre of War first served in: 3 - Egypt. Date of entry therein: 6.12.15. K. in A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Fred Bottomley, 18/1513, 18th W. Yks.; 11th W. Yks.; 1/6 W. Yks. Killed in Action 12.10.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Fred Bottomley, 18/1513, 6/W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 12.10.18. France. K. in A. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - James H. £28 11s. 5d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Fred. Name(s) on card(s): Mrs Nancy Bottomley. Relationship: Mother. Deceased 8.4.24. Dependant: Mr James Henry Bottomley. Relationship: Father. Address: 7, Croft Street, Glusburn, Nr Keighley.

Fred was killed in action east of Cambrai near the village of Avesnes-le-Sec.

Fred enlisted in the 18th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Bradford) but was transferred to the 1/6th Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) either after he was wounded, or when the 18th Bn was disbanded on the 15 February 1918.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BOTTOMLEY, Fred., [Glusburn], aged 21, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bottomley, killed Oct. 12, 1918.


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Private Fred BOTTOMLEY

Private Fred BOTTOMLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Forename(s): Fred

Born: Kildwick, Yorks


Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 18/1513

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 12/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): F

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 18/1513

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 12/10/1918

Additional Information: Son of James H. and Nancy Bottomley, of 7, Croft St., Glusburn, Keighley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: R.I.P.)



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08 November 1918


Mr. James H. Bottomley, of Croft Street, Glusburn, has received an intimation that his son, Private Fred Bottomley, of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Pals), had been killed in action in France on 12th October. Private Bottomley joined the Forces in May 1915, going out to Egypt in December of the same year. He was wounded in May 1916, and was sent to Eaton Hall, Chester. He returned to France in 1917. Private Bottomley was well known in the village, and was held in high esteem. He is an only son. Lieut. E. C. Gregory, in a letter of sympathy, says that Private Bottomley was killed during an advance. He was very popular with all the officers and men in his Company. Lieut. G. N. Bisatt has also sent a very sympathetic letter to Private Bottomley's parents, and says that he died instantly and has been buried in a cemetery which was now many miles behind the fighting zone; and a cross has been erected over his grave by men of the Battalion. We will give a photograph next week.

15 November 1918

GLUSBURN - The Late Private Fred Bottomley

Private Fred Bottomley, whose photograph we reproduce, was killed in action in France on October 12th, as reported in the 'Herald' last week. He was the son of Mr. James H. Bottomley, Croft Street, Glusburn, and was with the West Yorkshire Regiment.

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02 June 1916



Mr. and Mrs. James Bottomley, of Croft Street, Glusburn, have received information that their son, Fred, has been wounded. Pte. Fred Bottomley joined the Bradford 'Pals' and went out with them to Egypt in December last. Several letters were received from him, all of a cheerful character, and cheerful letters have been received since the battalion went to France. Before joining the Forces he was apprenticed to the wool-sorting trade at Hayfield Mills, Glusburn. The following are the letters received from army chaplains:-

"6th Hospital, Rouen, B.E.F., France

"Dear Mr. Bottomley, - I am writing you on behalf of your son, Fred, in hospital here. He is getting along quite well, and will soon be quite himself again. He is wounded in the leg with shrapnel. He sends his love to you and everyone. This is a very comfortable hospital, and he receives every attention. Yours truly, J. Baird, chaplain."

"Dear Sir, - I expect you will have heard that your son has been wounded. As I saw him in the Field Ambulance I thought I would write to tell you, and to offer you my sympathy in your anxiety. I had not much opportunity of talking to your son, as it was a very hot afternoon, and he was rather sleepy. Now he has been taken back farther behind the line, and I am sure that he will receive good attention. May God give him back his good health and strength. This was our prayer at our service yesterday, and I don't doubt it was yours too. - J.G. Thornton, chaplain to the regiment."

01 November 1918

Glusburn Soldier Killed

On Tuesday morning Mr. and Mrs. James Bottomley, of Glusburn, received information that their only son, Pte. Fred Bottomley, of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, who had attained his 21st birthday, was killed in action on the 12th. The delay in writing (says the informant) is because his own officer was wounded shortly afterwards. Deceased joined the forces in May, 1915, and six months later went out to Egypt. Returning to France he was seriously wounded near Albert and was brought home to Chester, where he was visited by his parents, who speak highly of the treatment he and they received. Prior to joining the army he was apprenticed to woolsorting at Hayfield Mills. He was of a cheerful disposition, and was connected with the Baptist Sunday School.

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