3602/235003 Private FREDERICK BANNISTER.

4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.

Killed in action, aged 22, on the 27th May 1918.

Enlisted at Saltburn by Sea.

Son of George and Elizabeth Bannister of 143 High St, Skelton, N Yorkshire.

Soissons Memorial.

1901. Fred, aged 5, was living at 143 High St and had been born in Skelton.
His father, George Frederick, age 39, who came from Coddenham, Suffolk, was a Horseman Waggoner at Home Farm.
His mother, Elizabeth, age 30, came from Eston, N Yorks. By 1911 she had had 6 children and 5 were still living.
He had two sisters, Florence 11 and Annie 10; and two brothers George 7 and Percy 2.

1911. Fred now 15 is working on the Farm. Florence has left home, Annie is an Assistant in a Draper's shop, George is a Butcher's assistant at Skelton Co-0p, Percy is at School and the family have another boy Horace age 9.

Fred first went to France on the 1 September 1915 and presumably had fought with the 4th Yorks through all their trials of 1915 to 1918, but he could have had time out wounded, as happened to a great many.
The 4th Yorks Battn were part of the 150th Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division.
The Germans launched their third offensive of Sring 1918 in an area where the Division had been sent supposedly to rest and train many reinforcements fresh from the UK.
Fred was killed in action in the Battle of the Aisne, when most of the 50th Division was killed or taken prisoner.
Full details can be read here.
The Soissons Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 missing men of the British forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne during May to August 1918.

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