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Surname: WILCOCK

Forename(s): Fred

Place of Birth: Longridge, Lancashire

Service No: 15306

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1916-03-02

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. F. 4.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

Fred Wilcock (born 31 August 1889) was the son of William and Jane Wilcock, née Hesmondhalgh. William was born at Hothersall and Jane at Dilworth, Lancashire.

1891 Longridge, Lancashire Census: 12, Lune Street - Fred Wilcock, aged 1 year, born Dilworth, Lancashire, son of William and Jane Wilcock.

1901 Bowland Forest High, Yorkshire Census: 2, Smelt Mill [Dunsop Bridge] - Fred Wilcock, aged 11 years, born Longridge, Lancashire, son of William and Jane Wilcock.

1911 Dunsop Bridge, Yorkshire Census: Trough House - Fred Wilcock, aged 21 years, born Longridge, Lancashire. [Fred was employed by William Bretherton, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Fred Wilcock, 15306, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 7.9.15. K. in A. 2.3.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Fred Wilcock, 15306, 8th W. Rid. R.; 9th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 2.3.16.

A short biography of Fred is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance – Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Surname: WILCOCK

Forename(s): Fred

Born: Longridge, Lancs


Enlisted: Clitheroe, Lancs

Number: 15306

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 02/03/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: WILCOCK

Forename(s): Fred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 15306

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 26


Died Date: 02/03/1916

Additional Information: Son of William and Jane Wilcock, of Carterplace, Haslingden, Lancs. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: THY WILL BE DONE)

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‘Clitheroe Times’ (18 August 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



The rector of Slaidburn (Rev. J.C. Garnett) preached a special memorial sermon on Sunday to the late Private William Houghton, who was the village constable at Slaidburn, prior to the war, and who was killed in France. Deceased’s favourite hymns were sung and Miss Ost played the Dead March. Private Houghton was in the Black Watch. Information of his death came from a comrade and Mrs. Houghton later received confirmation from the Lieutenant-Colonel who spoke in praiseworthy terms of her husband, and of the magnificent spirit of the men under his charge, adding that they had fully maintained the proud traditions of the regiment. Private Houghton, who was only 26 years of age, enlisting in November last with two other West Riding colleagues – P.C.’s Hartley and Green. Private Houghton went to France in April. He had been in hospital at the base for six weeks suffering from septic poisoning as the result of mosquito bites, and only returned to his company the night before he met his death. Naturally anxious to know of his friend Hartley’s whereabouts, he was putting his inquiries to a comrade when a sniper hit him. The heartfelt sympathy of the villagers and of her husband’s many friends and acquaintances is felt for the widow and her two young children in their great loss. Mrs. Houghton lost her only brother at the Dardanelles, where he was killed three hours after landing.

The Rector, preaching from 1. Peter v., 7, “Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you” said: In taking this text one’s thoughts are of those whose lives have been darkened by the war. Few families have escaped the horrors of it. We try to keep right, but things are not as usual. Everything is interfered with, the keen desire for pleasure has gone for the most part. Some are suffering financial loss through the war. But beyond all was the overwhelming anxiety of those who had fathers, sons, brothers and sweethearts at the front. They were proud to serve their King and country and hard as the parting was loved ones had joined in the pardonable pride. Still there was the constant anxiety and suspense. The waiting for news and too often ‘bad news’ had come to homes. The text had immense comfort in it for those whose hearts are heavy with grief. Earthly comfort had its value. For instance the fact that he who died in a foreign land died as a hero and could never be branded as a coward or a shirker, had comfort in it. They in Slaidburn, and indeed the whole country, were grateful to him and to the other lads from Bolland who had laid down their lives. They had died for the nation and as long as the nation lasted they would be remembered. On a ‘Roll of Honour’ in our old Church their names will stand for all time and succeeding generations will learn of their brave deeds. Engraved thereon would be the names of George Bannister, Harold Charnock, John Eccles, Walter Isherwood, Fred Wilcock, Wm. Winder and William Houghton. It was in memory of the last named soldier that service was being held. He knew him as a good officer of the police force, always attentive to duty, carried out without fear or favour. Indeed he was held in high esteem by his superior officers and would soon no doubt have received promotion. He made a smart and brave soldier – the letter fro his Colonel testified to that. He was also a good and affectionate husband and father, a clean living man with a pure mind and high ideals. As such we should remember him. He had often been prayed for in our intercession services and no doubt those prayers had helped him, helped him to fight and die. Public intercession services are of the greatest value in this direction and those who attend them were doing a great service to our fighting men. It was no little comfort to the widow and fatherless children that their loved one was so highly thought of. The real comfort, however, was in the text “Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.”

The Rector also made special reference to the late Mr. Thomas Rudd. He spoke of him as a good and upright man, one who sought to serve God faithfully. Mr. Rudd was highly respected, especially by Lord Crawshaw and his family and in whose service he had been for a large number of years.

Mr. Garnett held a memorial service at Bishop’s House on Sunday last for Rifleman William Winder, son of Mr. Richard Winder, of Holme Head, Dunsop Bridge. He said William Winder was a good son and a thoughtful and earnest young man. The loss to his relations and to those who knew him best was a heavy one. He was a brave soldier and his death was a loss to the country that he served so well.

‘Clitheroe Times’ (3 November 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



We have pleasure in drawing attention to the fine record of Burholme Farm, Whitewell, in the occupation of Mr. W.M. Haslewood, from which a large number of men have joined the army. The list, which Mr. Haslewood has supplied at our request, is given below, and we shall be glad to print similar records, if there are any such:–

Private John Eccles. In his third year of service at Burholme, he joined the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in December, 1914, and went out to France in July, 1915. He was shot by a sniper in March, 1916.

Private Harold Charnock. Lodged at Burholme during the autumn of 1914, when he was engaged by Blackburn Corporation Waterworks, and enlisted with Private Eccles in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and went out to France with him. He was shot by a sniper in August, 1915, Private Eccles sending the sad news to Burholme.

Rifleman R.J. Tomlinson. Formerly lived two years in service at Burholme but was in service near Settle when he joined the K.R.R.’s in March, 1916. He visited Burholme in August last, and went out to France a week later and was killed September 16th, 1916.

Private F. Wilcock. Engaged for hay time 1913, and afterwards worked on Towneley Estate. Joining Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in 1915 he was killed by a shell in January, 1916.

Private Roland Seed. A native of Chipping, formerly in service at Burholme. He joined the North Lancs. Regiment and died of fever at the Dardanelles.

Private James Worswick. Was 3 years in service at Burholme. He joined the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment early in 1915, and has been out at the Dardanelles and in Egypt. He is now in France.

Driver James Parker. Was in service at Burholme to December, 1915, when he joined the R.H.A. Trained at Woolwich, he has now gone to France.

Private Walter Eccles. Was a year at Burholme, 1914. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, and is in training at Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Private Frank Seed. A drainer on Towneley Estate. Worked a month’s hay time at Burholme in 1915. He has joined the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and is in training at North Shields.

Private J. Dobson. A Goosnargh man, worked hay time 1914, and joined the Coldstream Guards early in 1915. Wounded in France, he is in hospital at Oxford.

Private E. Seed. A Chipping man, formerly a year in service, joined the R.F.A. and has been for more than a year in France.

Private Roger Marsden. A former hay time man and lately motor driver at Whitewell Hotel, has joined the A.S.C. Motor Section.

Private Joseph Boothman. Formerly a year in service, had joined the R.F.A. and is now in India.

Private Wilfrid Gudgeon. In service at Burholme when a lad, and who emigrated to Australia some years ago, has joined the Colonial Forces and is now in France.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


WILCOCK Fred of Smelt Hill-cottages Dunsop Bridge Yorkshire a private in the West Riding regiment died 2 March 1916 on active military service in France Administration Wakefield 10 October to William Wilcock water baliff. Effects £113 17s 11d.




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