Fred Thackray MYERS
Fred is commemorated on his family grave in Union Croft churchyard. His parents were Calvert and Elizabeth and in 1911 they lived at 42 Douglas Street Boothtown. Fred was then aged 15 and employed as a mill hand, he had an elder brother Walton (18) who was a mechanical engineer.
On 11th December 1915 Fred attested into the army, however he was not mobilized until 12th April 1917. His service records indicate that he had been employed in munitions work and this may explain his time on reserve.
Fred arrived in France on 14th October 1917 and having spent two days at Etaples joined his battalion, the 1st Battalion. Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). He was reported missing, later confirmed killed in action, on 26th October 1917. In total he had served 13 days in France.
Fred who was aged 21 has no known grave and is named on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL (Panel 106 to 108).