1434/203514 Pte Fred Chell


A Pre War Territorial who enlisted in June 1911

 Arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915 and suffered a gun shot wound in July of that year

1434 Fred Chell

Fred was a stoker from Ashbourne and enlisted in June 1911. 1434 chell MIC

1434 chell medal rollFred arrived in France with the 46th North Midland Division in February 1915 and suffered a gun shot wound to the chest on the 16th July 1915. After treatment in England he returned to France in December 1916 and served with the 1/5th Battalion.

Chell ServiceIn May 1917 he was admitted into the 1/3 NMFA with influenza but this later developed into pulmonary tuberculosis and he was transferred to England and discharged in May 1917. After which he went into the Chesterfield Sanatorium.Chell August 1917

1434 Fred Chell cardFred was discharged in January 1918 and died 11 months later; surviving just long enough to know that the Great War had ended.

He was only 26 years old.Fred Chell

Fred is now buried in Ashbourne Cemetery along with 6 other men who died as a result of the Great War. Amongst them is Fred’s elder brother Sam who was wounded with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters in September 1914 during the Battle of the Aisne.Poppy

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