Fred Butcher served in the army during the war and died from wounds in October 1917. His father lived in Orchard Street.

Fred was born in Braintree in 1882, the son of Joseph Butcher (born 1871) and Ellen Sophia Butcher (nee Pluck) (born 1862).

During the First World War Fred served as Driver 55727 in 28th Battery, 124th Brigade, of the Royal Field Artillery.


Driver, 28th Battery, 124th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Fred died, aged 25, from wounds on 9th October 1917.

Today he lies in grave III. O. 6A at Mont Huon Military Cemetery in Le Treport on the French coast near Dieppe. Le Treport was an important hospital centre and by July 1916, the town contained three general hospitals (the 3rd, 16th and 2nd Canadian), No.3 Convalescent Depot and Lady Murray's B.R.C.S. Hospital.

Fred is commemorated on the Moulsham war memorial at St. Johns Church in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford.

His father, was resident at 18 Orchard Street, in Chelmsford. He died there in 1944.