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Born: 1890
Address: 6 Boothroyd, Town Lane, Thackley
Parents: Frederick and Mary Ellen
Siblings: Ethel
Occupation: Obank
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Upper Chapel, Idle; Vimy Memorial
Regiment: Canadian Scottish
Frederick James Halliday
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Frederick James Halliday was born in Thackley around 1890, the son of Frederick and Mary Ellen Halliday. In 1901 the family, including 11 year old Fred and his 8-year-old sister Ethel, were living in Dawson Street, Idle. We’ve been unable to find the family in the 1911 census but according to the CWGC website by the time of Fred’s death, his mother was Mrs Mary E Firch of 38
Woodbine Grove, Idle, so presumably his father had died and his mother remarried. On 4 May 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported: A Thackley youth names Pte Fred Halliday of the Canadian Scottish Regt, has been killed in action. Pte Halliday, who was 28 years of age, was formerly employed by T Obank and Sons, Thackley, and
afterwards by J & P Obank. About four years ago he went to Canada where he was doing exceedingly well. He joined the forces about twelve months ago. His home was at 6 Boothroyd, Town Lane, Thackley. The following week the newspaper reported that the Rev W T Forster in his sermon at Holy Trinity had mentioned Fred along with Sam Turner and Henry Hutton as having been killed “These lads have finished the good fight for righteousness, liberty and truth They have died that we might live and we owe toe ach the debt of deepest gratitude.”
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