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Born: 1895
Died: 25 July 1916, Somme
Address: 2 Angel Street, Baildon
Parents: Joseph & Sarah Ann
Siblings: John Wm, Arthur, Frances
Occupation: Glass cutter, E Lister & Co
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Baildon Moravian Chapel; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: 1/6 Prince of Wales Own
Frederick Selby Dyson
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On 25 May 1915 the Shipley Times & Express published an extract from a letter Fred had written home from the trenches. He said: ‘We have had a day of hard fighting. It started at one o’clock this morning and has gone on practically all day. I don’t think this battle is finished yet. ‘We have been in what they call the “Devil’s Orchard” or “Hell’s Corner” and I can tell you we are glad and thankful to get out of it with the few killed and wounded we have. We have only one man wounded in our section but other sections have
had one killed and two injured. ‘We have been moved a little further away from the dreadful place and are expecting to be relieved tomorrow. ‘The next parcel you send please include some soap and a few “Union Jacks” or “Boys’ Realms” as we are short of reading matter. Please thank Mr and Mrs Bland for the cigarettes they sent me and send on some cakes as we are practically living on biscuits out here.’ On 11 August 1916, Fred was one of the men featured in the latest toll of Somme casualties:
Pte F S Dyson of the West Yorks Regt and youngest son of Mr J Dyson, plumber of 2 Angel St, Baildon, has been killed in action. He was 21 years of age and before enlisting worked for Messrs E Lister & Co, glass merchants. Lieut W G Tetley, commander of deceased’s company, in a letter to Mr Dyson says: ‘It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the death of your son Fred. ‘He was one of a team of Lewis gunners who were told off to hold a very important post in our lines and last evening about seven o’clock a high explosive shell from the
German battery burst right on top of them, instantly killing your son and four others and wounding the remainder of the team. ‘We all feel the death of your son most keenly. He was always cheerful and bright and a very efficient member of the Lewis gun section. ‘On behalf of the officers, non- commissioned officers and men of the company, I beg to tender our heart-felt sympathy with you in your great loss.’ His older brother, John William Dyson, was killed the following August
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