Your World War One article: ‘Fred was lucky to survive severe head wound’

Fred Firth
Fred Firth

James Gibson, from Shiptonthorpe, tells the fascinating story of how his great grandad surived World War One, despite being shot in both thighs and sustaining a serious head injury.

Frederick C. Firth, originally from Marsden in West Yorkshire, enlisted in the 3/5 Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment in February 1916 as a private, no. 204.732, he was only 20-years-old.

He served a total of two years and 188 days. One year and 191 days of this time period were spent in France. From his records, Fred joined an active service battalion in France some time between June and September 1916.

He was a standard infantry man and fought at the battle of the Somme. Very little is known about his actual combat experience as he never talked about it.

Full feature in next week’s Pocklington Post (6 March).

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