AUTY, Fred

Male Abt 1891 - 1918  (~ 26 years)


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  • Name AUTY, Fred 
    Born Abt Dec 1891  Whitley, Thornhill, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Registered Dec Qtr 1891, Dewsbury Reg Dst ref 9b/685
    Gender Male 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 9y 
    Address:
    Field Street 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 19y 
    Address:
    Field Street 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911  Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Warehouseman Woollen Mill 
    • Whether Employer, Worker, or Working on Own Account: Worker
    Medal Between 1914 and 1918 
    British War Medal & Victory Medal 
    WW1 British War Medal, 1914-18
    WW1 British War Medal, 1914-18
    Established on 26th July 1919.

    Also known as 'Squeak'.
    The silver or bronze medal was awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920.
    Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front of the medal depicts the head of George V.
    The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.
    WW1 Allied Victory Medal
    WW1 Allied Victory Medal
    Also known as 'Wilfred'
    It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon.
    The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory.
    Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of 'Pip' also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'.
    The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.
    Rank 27 Mar 1918 
    Private 
    Regiment 27 Mar 1918 
    West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own), 2nd/7th Bn 
    Service No. 27 Mar 1918 
    205461 
    Died 27 Mar 1918  Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • hes has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
    Arras Memorial, Bay 4
    Arras Memorial, Bay 4
    Name: AUTY, FRED
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment: West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own)
    Unit Text: 2nd/7th Bn.
    Date of Death: 27/03/1918
    Service No: 20546I
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 4
    Cemetery: ARRAS MEMORIAL

    Ravensthorpe St Saviours War memorial
    Ravensthorpe St Saviours War memorial
    Ravensthorpe Parish Church is situated on the main Huddersfield Road between Mirfield and Dewsbury

    The Church also includes two Memorial Chairs which were transferred from Ravensthorpe Methodist Church when it was closed for worship many years ago

    The period commemorated is 1914 – 1919 and 1939 – 1945

    Location of Memorial – located in the South West Corner of the Church
    •Description - a large wooden carved memorial in Oak listing the names on four panels containing those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1.

    Also an additional panel was added to the above following World War 2.

    There are four columns listing the names in Gold lettering for World War 1
    Ravensthorpe St Saviours War Memorial
    Ravensthorpe St Saviours War Memorial
    Detail of panel showing Fred Auty's name
    Buried Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • he has no know grave
      Rank: Private
      Service No: 205461
      Date of Death: 27/03/1918
      Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 2nd/7th Bn.
      Panel Reference: Bay 4.
    Person ID I4146  Auty One-Name Study
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2017 

    Father AUTY, Richard,   b. 21 Nov 1856, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Jun 1928, Dewsbury Registration District, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother PEACE, Emma,   b. Abt 1858, Whitley, Thornhill, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 3 Nov 1883  Mirfield, St Mary's, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Ravensthorpe 
    Family ID F2456  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family FLETCHER, Mary Helen,   b. Abt 1894,   d. 16 Jan 1924, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Married 16 Dec 1916  Mirfield, Knowl Wesleyan Methodist Church, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Fred Auty, 25, Batchelor, Packer in Blanket Mill, 14 Freed St Ravensthorpe, Richard Auty, Timekeeper
      Mary Helen Fletcher, 23, Spinster, - , 14 Freed St Ravensthorpe, Charles William Fletcher (decd) Weaving Overlooker
      by certificate, both sign register, witness: Alfred Auty, Fredrick Ramon Fletcher, Mary Annie Fletcher

      Registered Dec Qtr 1916, Dewsbury Reg Dst ref 9b/1229
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F3370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Dec 1891 - Whitley, Thornhill, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 9y - 31 Mar 1901 - Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 19y - 2 Apr 1911 - Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Warehouseman Woollen Mill - 2 Apr 1911 - Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Dec 1916 - Mirfield, Knowl Wesleyan Methodist Church, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Mar 1918 - Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Fred Auty
    Fred Auty

  • Notes 
    • Excerpt from "A village Goes to War" by David Tattersfield

      Fred Auty was born about 1891 to Mr & Mrs Richard Auty. On Leaving school he worked as a packer for James Walker and Son of Butt End Mills, Mirfield. He was a regular attender at Ravensthorpe Congregational Church and Sunday School, and a member of the cricket team. Fred joined the West Yorkshire Regiment (2/7th) in June 1917, being sent to France in December.
      At 7am on Wednesday 27th March 1918, men of the 2/7th West Yorkshires saw Germans advancing from Achiet-le-Petit and so fire was brought down on them. For the next two hours, the Germans bombarded the village of Bucquoy and the battalions who were holding trenches in and around the village. Again the Germans attacked and again were beaten off with heavy losses.
      The 2/7th West Yorkshires held its position all day, sustaining in the process 25 men killed in action. One of these was Rifleman Fred Auty, aged 26.
      Fred's wife received a letter at the house she shared with her parents-in-law at 21 Field Street Ravensthorpe on Tuesday 9th April from Reverend F.R. Buxton, the chaplain to the battalion. The letter, dated Thursday 4th April, broke the news that Fred had been killed. Besides leaving a widow and his bereaved parents, Fred also left behind a baby girl aged 2 months. It is likely that Fred (who had been sent to France in December 1917) had never seen his daughter.
      [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] FreeBMD Search, (http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/).

    2. [S3707] General Record Office Index, HM Passport Office, (https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/indexe).

    3. [S2196] Census 1901,Field Street ,Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, RG 13/4265, Fol 122, En Dst 18, Schd 123,.

    4. [S2945] Census 1911 Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England RG14/27290, En Dst 11, Schd 301, (RG14/27290, En Dst 11, Schd 301).

    5. [S2966] A Village Goes to War, David Tattersfield, (published 2000).