Frederick Heeley was born in 1880 and was a colliery labourer (surface). He was married to Eva as recorded on the 1911 census.
Frederick enlisted in February 1915 and may have served with the 2/6th Battalion during the Easter Rising, but he certainly arrived in France with the 2/6th Battalion, 178th Brigade, 59th Division in February 1917.
Many thanks to Mike Orme we now know that Frederick transferred to the Labour Corps in October 1917. The Service record for 403699 William Huff narrows the date to close to the 8th October 1917. By that time Frederick would have been 37 years old and had served with the trenches for 6 months. It is highly likely that he was no longer medically fit for front line service.
He was eventually discharged in September 1919 due to sickness. His pension record card states that he suffered from rheumatism that was attributable to his Army service. After the War he lived at 1 John Street in Brampton. Frederick died in 1960.
My grandad a WW1 veteran had a cigar case made out of a shell. Don’t know what happened to it. Never realized it was trench art until it was gone.
Morning Paul, that’s a pity it went missing, cheers Mike
According to “No Labour, No Battle, his 403698 number with the Labour Corps was issued in the block 394500 – 484900, which dates his transfer to between Oct 1917 – Jan 1918.
I can add more now. A service record exists for 403699 (William Huff). This shows that he transferred to the Labour Corps on 08/10/1917. So looks likely to have been around the same date.
Morning Mike, many thanks that’s really helpful and makes sense, he would have been 37 years old and after 6 months in the trenches no wonder he had rheumatism and deemed no longer fit for front line service. Cheers again Mike