FRED PAGERank: Gunner
Service Number: 114781. Regiment: 99th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery Killed In Action Saturday 5th May 1917 Age 32County Memorial Runcorn
Commemorated\Buried FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS
Grave\Panel Ref: IV.G.12.
He was educated locally at Brunswick School, from were he won a County Scholarship tenable at Runcorn Secondary School. On completion of his education, he was employed at the Runcorn works of the United Alkali Company. He was eventually drafted to their Liverpool offices were he worked as a confidential clerk to the manager of the sales department. He spent the whole of his working life working for the company.
In 1912 he married Beatrice Britland in Runcorn.
On 11th September 1916, he answered the call and joined the Army being attached to one of the batteries of the RGA.
He spent 3 months in a training school in Southampton, and was then posted to Gosport. On the 16th March 1917 he went to France and had been working as a signaller for the battery prior to his death.
In a letter received by his wife from the Major of the battery, his death is explained.
"It is with the most sincere sympathy that I write to tell you of the death of your husband last night. He was on duty in the battery when the first of several shells struck the roof of the dug out and killed him and a subaltern. His death was mercifully instantaneous. He was buried today in the British Cemetery in Arras, next to the grave of his officer. A party consisting of the captain of the battery, a subaltern and about 25 men, were present to pay their last respects to those who died during their duty. Page had not been long in the battery, but he has already made many friends, and will be deeply regretted by all of us. I can assure you of the sympathy of the whole battery in your great loss. I am having a cross made for him by the battery wheeler".
Fred Page is buried in the cemetery that adjoins the Arras memorial.