Fred Mouatt was born in Shipley in 1897, the youngest son of West Hartlepool born cab driver John Frederick Mouatt and his wife Annie Elizabeth, who came from Shipley.Fred had two older brothers, William Henry who was 11 years older, and Herbert, ten years older.In 1901 they were living at 21 Henry Street but by the time of the 1911 census the family had moved to 14 Windsor Street and 13-year-old Fred was a factory office boy.
Yet another move must have followed because on 11 August 1916, the Shipley Times & Expresscasualty list included the following:“Pte Fred Mouatt, 10 Spurr Rd, Shipley and of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt is reported to have died of wounds. He was nineteen years of age and the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Fred
Mouatt who have received many expressions of sympathy in their sad bereavement.“A touching letter has been received from the Rev C A Shepherd (Wesleyan Chaplain) who refers to the burial of the deceased in a resting place adjoining a French cemetery. “In one of this recent letters Pte Mouatt wrote: ‘We have been in the great advance and have had a right
smash up this time. The Germans are a lot of cowards. When we went for them they turned and fled like a lot of kids.’“Pte Mouatt was formerly employed by Messrs Dean and Thompson, Well Croft, Shipley. “In a letter to Mrs Mouatt, Mr J A Dean says: ‘Pte Mouatt was a true Briton. He was a real hero and sound to the end. We shall all deeply mourn his death for he was a splendid lad and one of great promise.’ Others who knew the lad have written in a similar strain.”