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Private Frederick Jonathan Atthews
12469 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

F J Atthews
F J Atthews
The Argus Newspaper
Son of Mr Joseph John & Mrs Mary Ann Atthews

Died 8th July 1916

Aged 24 years

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
Pier & Face 11A and 11D
And on the Midland Railway Memorial

Frederick was born at Marston, Bedfordshire. The family moved to Irchester and then came to Rushden sometime before 1901, but they had returned to Irchester by 1908. Before his enlistment Frederick worked at Irchester Railway Station as a labourer. His brother Joseph worked at Rushden railway station.
Rushden Echo Friday June 11th 1915

Irchester Man Missing - Rushden M. R. Drayman - No News Since May 9th.
Mr. J. C. Turner, of Irchester, received an intimation from the War Office that Pte. J. J. Athews of Irchester, formerly a Midland Railway drayman at Rushden, has been missing since May 9th. Pte Athews, who is about 25 years of age, a single man, is the son of Mr. J. J. Athews of Millbunch-terrace, Irchester and had been a drayman at Rushden for the last four or five years. Pte. Fred Athews, brother of Pte. J. J. Athews, is in the fighting line.

Rushden Echo Friday 8th September 1916, transcribed by Susan Manton

Pte. Fred J. Atthews of the Midland Railway Staff - Fallen in Action
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Atthews of 1 Station Road Irchester, received official news on Tuesday that their second son, Pte. Frederick J. Atthews, Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action on July 7th. Pte. Atthews was 25 years of age last November. He enlisted on August 27th 1914, had been out in France over 18 months and been in many engagements. Up to the time joining the Colours he was a platelayer on the Midland Railway, where he had been employed for four years.

Much sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Atthews in their bereavement as their eldest son, Pte. J. J. Atthews was killed in action on May 9th 1915. They have another son, Pte. Bert Atthews with the Colours in Scotland.

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