Hi, Thank you for adding me to the group. I am the great niece of Fred Meadowcroft of the 15th Royal Scots who died on the 1st day of the Battle Of The Somme 1/7/16. He is buried in the Gordon Dump Cemetary in Ollivers De Boiselle, Somme. I would be grateful of any further information about him
The following was published in the Eccles Journal on the 28th July 1916:
A MONTON HIGHLANDER Private Fred Meadowcroft who was been reported killed in France enlisted in October 1914, at the age of 16 years, in the Royal Scots, and after several months training joined the machine gun section. He was sent to France in January 1916, and after taking part in very severe fighting, was killed on July 1st in the great advance. Sergt. Black, of Monton, writes as follows of Pte. Meadowcroft, to his parents of 9 Vincent Avenue, Monton:- "Your son was one of the best men I had; always steady under heavy shell fire. When the great advance was in progress there never was a braver lad on the field of battle. It is through such heroes as Fred that the Battalions have such immortal fame for when the fight was over, the General, with tears in his eyes, personally thanked the gunners for their great work, saying that through their efforts they were largely instrumental in saving a whole division of men." Meadowcroft was killed instantaneously and suffered no pain. Before joining the Army he was employed in the office of the Superintendent of the line, L and Y Railway, Hunt's Bank. He was a Sunday school scholar at Monton Wesleyan Chapel and was educated at Monton Day School.