image from 1917Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper
Born: 1891, Ipswich.
Died: 13th November 1916; age 25; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 43362
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly 2299, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter Lionel Sheldrick, of 45, Victoria Street, Ipswich. Only brother of Mrs. Goffin, of 11, Gladstone Road, Ipswich.
1901 115, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 9 years old and living with his parents & sisters.
Walter Lionel Sheldrick, 41, a Wood Machinist, born Ipswich.
Pollie Sheldrick (nee Graystone), 37, born Ipswich.
Lilian May Sheldrick, 15, a Tailoress, born Ipswich.
Daisy Emily Sheldrick, 6, born Ipswich.
1911 45, Hervey Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 19 years old, a Tailor – Tailoring Bespoke. He was living with his parents & sister.
Walter, 48, a Saw Sharpener – Agricultural Foundry.
Daisy, 16, a Tailoress – Wholesale Tailor.
Soldiers’ Effects to Walter Sheldrick – father.
Frederick is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:
The Battle of Ancre in the Serre sector was the last of the 1916 Battles of the Somme for the 2nd Battalion. The weather had been very poor with flooded trenches, many communication trenches being abandoned. The Battalion was sent into the line on the 6th November for an attack, but was later cancelled through more bad weather and rescheduled for the 10th, this too was canceled. On the night of the 12th the Battalion moved out onto open positions, moving off at 05:00 hrs on the 13th. Moving in extremely muddy conditions making slow progress through “no mans land” taking the first wave 45 minutes to reach the German lines. The weather had given them good cover, but all officers on the first wave were casualties, despite this, the Suffolk’s reach the second line. Holding it the rest of the day the battalion was unable to move more men up through the mud and wire failing to reorganise. The battalion returned back to the line taking 272 casualties.