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Person Details

COLESHILL, Frederick Henry

Memorials

Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Date of birth: 9/1884
Place of birth: Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Gender: Male
Date of death: 29/04/1917
Place of death: Arras, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 32
CWGC Ref: 745065
TWGPP Ref: 2391299
Address: Prospect Place High Road Cookham Rise

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Rank: Squadron Corporal Major
Service Number: 6650

Relatives

Father Agustus COLESHILL
Mother Ann COLESHILL
Wife Edith Annie CLINKABERRY

Additional information

Frederick married Edith Annie Grimsdale of 16 Hamfield Cottages, Cookham Rise, in 1911, a year after the death of his father. Annie, as she was known, lost two brothers in the war, Charles (29/9/16) and Harry (4/3/19) and her husband Frederick (29/4/17) . Her brother-in-law, Sidney George (married to her sister Alice) also served, but he survived. Frederick left a widow with two small children, aged three and four. She married again in 1920 – to John Clinkaberry - and they continued to live in Prospect Place, High Road. Annie was widowed for a second time when John died in 1958 – but before then she took a solo trip to Australia – leaving in 1951 and not returning until 1954: perhaps one of her children had emigrated.
Corporal Coleshill was killed at the Battle of Arras (April - May 1917). The week when Frederick was killed, opened with the Battalion in billets at Albert when they marched to the Bailleul area. On the 25th April, they were on the front line. On the 29th, the battalion engaged in the attack on Oppy Wood. The barbed wire had not been well cut, and the trenches were shallow and gave little protection. The attack went forward at 4am. The captain of B company says his men ‘went through as though going over the top was an everyday occurrence’, even though they were ‘loaded down like a lot of furniture removers with all the implements of war, utensils, sandbags, food, and ammunition, and notwithstanding the fact that the previous night had been nerve-shaking on account of the cries of the wounded of the last attack in front.’ Seven officers and 151 ranks died that day.
Frederick Coleshill was born in Great Marlow in 1885. At the turn of the century he was with his sister and parents, Augustus and Ann, who ran a shop in Chapel Street, Marlow, where his father was a Hay and Straw dealer. Sadly in 1910 Augustus died, so Ann lost both her husband and son within a few years. Sources: Findmypast.com/ The Royal Berkshire Regiment by F. Loraine Petrie
Frederick is remembered on the Arras memorial, Bay 7.

Resources

Summary: Reading Mercury
http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000369/19170526/162/0006"
Entry for the day of death for Frederick Coleshill in the battalion war diary.

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