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Information from Clive Wood, 2008
Private Frederick Dorkes

3/9583 'C' Co. 1st Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr Albert & Mrs Elizabeth Ann Dorkes

Aged 19 years

Died 9th May 1915

Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial
Panel 28 to 30

Fred Dorkes
Born at Rushden, enlisted at Kettering.
Evening Telegraph, Tuesday 15th June 1915, transcribed by John Collins.

Another Rushden Man Missing

News is wanted by Mrs. Dorks, of 6, South-terrace, Rushden, of her son, 9583 Private Fred Dorks, of the “C” Company, 1st Northants Regiment. The last letter received from him was dated May 7th, and from the War Office now comes the news that he has been missing since May 9th. If any soldier knows anything concerning Private Dorks, will he kindly let Mrs. Dorks know?

The Rushden Echo Friday 15 October 1915, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Victim - The Aubers Ridge Battle
Private Fred Dorks - Missing Since May 9th - Now Officially Reported Killed

Pte Fred Dorks (Rushden), C Company, list Northamptons, who has been reported missing since the battle of Aubers Ridge on May 9th, is now officially reported killed.

Deceased's mother, Mrs Dorks, who lives at 6 South-terrace, Rushden, received notice from the War Office last June that her son was missing after the engagement of May 9th, and no further news could be gleaned until the present week, when an official intimation reached Mrs Dorks that her son had been killed.

Evening Telegraph, Tuesday 12th October 1915 & Rushden Echo & Kettering Leader, October 22 1915, transcribed by Clive Wood

Worst Fears Confirmed - Missing Rushden Man Reported Killed

We regret to report that Mrs Dorkes of 6 South-terrace, Rushden, has now received official intimation that her son Pte. Fred Dorkes of 'C' Co. 1st Northants Regiment, was killed on May 9th at the Aubers Ridge battle. The relatives received notice that he was 'missing' during June, and only now have their worst fears been confirmed.

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