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Born: 1892, Shipley
Died: 11 November 1916
Buried: Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck
Address: 41 Manor Lane, Shipley
Parents: Henry & Jemima, nee Trevethan
Spouse: Mary Elizabeth, nee Grimshaw
Siblings: Arthur, Florence, Gertrude, Walter
Occupation: Grocer’s assistant
Organisations/clubs: Oddfellows
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Fred Long
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Fred was born in Shipley in 1892 the son of Henry Long, a railway signalman from Calne in Wiltshire and his Grassington born wife, Jemima, nee Trevethan. The couple had moved to Shipley sometime before 1887 when their eldest son Arthur was born. Fred married Mary Elizabeth Grimshaw in July 1915 at St Paul’s Church, Shipley and we know from the family notices placed at the time of his death that the couple set up home at 41 Manor Lane, Shipley. On 24 November 1916, the Shipley Times & Express reported: Pte Fred Long, 41 Manor Lane,
Shipley, and of the Northumberland Fusiliers, who was recently stated to be dangerously ill, having sustained severe gunshot wounds, is now officially reported to have died of wounds. Pte Long, who was 24 years of age, was the third son of Mr and Mrs H Long, 2 Birklands Terrace, Shipley and the grandson of the late Mr Thomas Trevethan of Grassington Mince. The deceased soldier joined the colours in April this year and went
to France four months ago. Three brothers are serving in the Forces For 14 years he was employed by Mr Grimshaw, grocer, West Cliffe Road, Shipley. There was a follow up story published in the newspaper on 29 December 1916 with letters to his wife but they appear to have been sent to his parents’ address. Mrs Fred Long of 2 Birkdale
Terrace, Shipley, received a letter from one of the officers who had served with her husband who had recently died of wounds. “He will be missed by my platoon as he always looked on the bright side. He was well liked by everyone in the platoon and all are sorry they gave lost such a good comrade. It came as a great shock to me when I heard of his death.” Pte E Beetham writes: “We all miss your husband very much as he was one of the best fellows I ever met. He was always the same. He had a pleasant word for everybody and always tried to cheer us up by saying it would not be long before the war was over.”
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