Willaston Man Falls in Action




The above soldier enlisted at the age of 17 1/2 years, was trained at Colchester, and was drafted to France in March, 1917. He was wounded on Sept. 12th of the same year, and was back in action again on the 9th of October. The news of his death came from his Colonel on the 22nd of October, and the official news from the War Office on December 29th. He was very popular among his friends, and will be greatly missed.



Frederick Reginald Wainwright was born around 1898 in Egermont, Cheshire, and resided in Bromborough, Birkenhead. 

He served as a Private in the First World War as part of the Manchester Regiment’s 2/9th Battalion. 

Frederick is recorded as having been Killed in Action on Tuesday, 9th October, 1917. He was 19 years of age. As stated in the above excerpt, news of Frederick’s death was not reported until 22nd October, nearly 2 weeks after the fact. Before this, he had been wounded in September and it was not until December, in the War Office Daily List No.5437, that he was officially listed as wounded and awarded his Wound Stripes.

At the time of his death his unit would have been engaged in the Third Battle of Ypres, or Passchendaele. Frederick is therefore commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. 

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