|The Rushden Echo Friday 12 October 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Victim of the War - Rifleman Frederick A Tew 'A Keen Soldier'
Mr and Mrs Frederick Tew, of 123 Park-road, Rushden, have, we are grieved to report, received news from unofficial sources that their eldest son, Rifleman Frederick Arthur Tew, of the King's Royal Rifles, was killed in action on September 20th. The sad news is sent by Second-Lieut L F Carter, who writes under date September 29th as follows:-"It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, Rifleman F A Tew. I, together with his companions, send our deepest sympathy in the great loss which you must have sustained. He was a keen soldier, and though I had not known him for long I had begun to take a great interest in him. He was in my platoon and was a very useful man. As far as I can tell you he was killed instantly during the great advance made on September 20th, and it may be a great satisfaction to you to know that he died bravely and that his platoon were very proud to number him amongst them. I am sorry I cannot give you further information regarding your son, but you may rest assured that we all feel for you in your loss and bereavement."
The Rev. E Sayer Ellis, Wesleyan chaplain, writes under date October 5th, as follows:-
"Doubtless the very grievous news there is to send has already reached you. It is about your brave son, Rifleman R A Tew, 202470, KRRC. The big advance last month cost him his life. We are all exceedingly sorry. He was well thought off both by his comrades and by his officers. By arrangement with the United Board of Chaplains I try to be padre to the Baptists in this Brigade. Although I cannot claim to have known your boy as well as I know some who have been with us longer, I was glad to see him at our services, and to have such personal contact with his as was possible. He was always responsive to any interest the padre could show, and I felt sure his heart was open to the best things. I was at an advancement collecting post for the wounded, so it was not my privilege to pay him the last respects, and I cannot give you any particulars as to his burial. Your best plan is to write to the Director of Graves Registration and Inquires, War Office, Winchester House, St James's Square, London, S.W.I. If he can, he will let you know, where the grave is, and also let you have a photo of it, but that cannot always be allowed. Even amid your sorrow you have more reason than ever to be proud of your son. None can do a greater thing than he has done. Let it be some small comfort to you that so many hold him in honour for it. Above all, try to realise the Place there is for him and for you, in that Love from which neither death nor life is able to separate us. - Yours with all sympathy and goodwill, E Sayer Ellis, C.F. The late Rifleman Tew, who was 21 years of age, joined the Colours two years ago last March, and went to France nine days after enlistment as a baker in the A.S.C. Subsequently he was transferred to Salonika, where he remained eleven months, then going to Malta Hospital with dysentery. After a time there he was sent to England as a convalescent, and about the end of August this year he was again sent to France.
As a lad he passed through the Park-road Baptist Sunday school and became a member of the Church by baptism about nine months ago. At the time of enlistment he was employed by Mr Lilleyman, baker and confectioner, Kettering. Mr and Mrs Tew have another son in the forces, viz., Bandsman Leonard Tew, of the Northants Regiment, who is in Egypt.