Image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1887, Ipswich.
Died on or since death presumed: 8th May 1915; age 28; KiA.
Residence: 17, Blanche Street, Ipswich.
Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 23rd February 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 12357
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Martha Ann Catchpole, of 17, Blanche Street, Ipswich.
1891 31, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.
Frederick was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles Catchpole, 33, a Dock Labourer, born Tunstall, Suffolk.
Martha Ann Catchpole (nee Kersey), 41, born Ipswich.
William John Catchpole, 9, born Ipswich.
Charles Catchpole, 6, born Ipswich.
Amy Ethel Catchpole, 1, born Ipswich – died 1901, Ipswich.
1901 78, Foundation Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 15 years old, a Foundry Labourer. He was living with his widowed mother & brothers.
William, 19, a Foundry Labourer. Died 1906, Ipswich.
Charles, 16, a Foundry Labourer. Died 1907, Ipswich.
1911 83, Finchley Road, Ipswich.
Frederick was 25 years old, a Foundry Moulder – Iron Factory. He was living with his mother.
Frederick’s father Charles Catchpole, died 1900, Ipswich. His mother, Martha Catchpole died 1916, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Martha Catchpole – mother.
Frederick is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion. 84th Brigade
The Second Battle of Ypres was underway and the 1st Battalion was to suffer over a thousand casualties in six weeks with fierce fighting along the Salient. The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge and Bellewaarde Ridge were to take its toll on the 1st Battalion. At 10:00 a.m on the 8th May, the attack began with heavy shelling from both sides of all calibre, then came a cloud of yellow green poison gas that drifted through the British lines. Blinded and choking men continued to fight on still under a hail of bullets and shell fire. The shelling had cut most of the communication wires, with little information passing through. The exposed roads gave little shelter for the limited supply line. The German attack had overwhelmed the British, by noon the Battalion had 400 casualties with 12 Ipswich men dead and more to be killed or die of wounds in the following weeks.