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Born: 1885
Died: 12 April 1918, Bailleul
Address: 18 Alexander Road, Eccleshill
Parents: Benjamin & Betsy, nee Scott
Siblings: Seven + five half siblings
Occupation: Crabing, cloth manufacturer
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Ploegsteert Memorial; mentioned in parish magazine, St Luke’s, Eccleshill
Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
Frederick Dore
Frederick Dore was born in Great Tew in the Cotswolds 1885 and baptised on the 10th May 1885 in the Parish Church, the son of carter Benjamin and Betsy of Great Tew. Benjamin has previously been married to Sarah Eales with whom he had six children before she died in 1881, aged 35. A year later Benjamin married Betsy Scott, aged 26 years and by 1891 they had five children, including Frederick. By 1901 the family had moved to Ellington and 17 year-old Frederick was working as an errand boy at a farm. Three more children had
been born to Benjamin and Betsy. Betsy died in 1901 in Rugby aged 45 years leaving Benjamin to raise the family. By 1911 Frederick had moved away from farm life to live with his half brother Benjamin and his sister-in-law Lily with their two year old daughter Florrie at 1 Cragg Hill, Thackley. Frederick was crabing for a Cloth Manufacturer. On the 5th December 1915 at the age of 30 years and 241 days Frederick applied in Halifax to enlist with the Durham Light Infantry but did not take the Oath until the 29th April 1916. His
employment is shown as a labourer and he was living at 19 Alexander Road. He became Private 32018 of the 18th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry and fought on the Western Front. The third German offensive known as the Battle of the Lys 9th April to the 29th April 1918 was initially successful but the attack was held after British and French reserves were found. The 18th Battalion fought in the retreat South and West of Bailleul and was not taken out of line until the 14th of April. Frederick was killed in action during this battle on
the 12th of April 1918. He was 33 years of age. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial which commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen who died in this sector and have no known grave. The area includes Bailleul near to where Frederick died. His effects were left to his brother Ben and his sister in law Lily as joint legatees and they received £3.10.2d on the 20th August 1918 and a War Gratuity of £9.0.0d on the 2nd December 1919. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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