Captain Frederick William Kershaw

Frederick William Kershaw was born in Manchester on April 18, 1885. His father was in the management of a Cotton Mill and by 1911 Frederick was living in Marple with his parents and he was working as a buyer.

He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 9th Manchester Regiment on June 28, 1910 (Gazetted July 26, 1910) and promoted to Lieutenant on March 4, 1911.

He sailed with the battalion to Egypt and served with them through their training and preparations for action. On November 4, 1914 he was promoted to Captain, while serving in Egypt. Captain Kershaw landed with the Battalion in Gallipoli on May 9, 1915 as second in command of “A” Company.

He is mentioned in the personal diary of 2/Lt. Charles Earsham Cooke:

June 20. Sunday. Capt. KERSHAW arrived today and looked very pale. I don’t know if I did mention it but he landed and did not come in the first night owing to a very bad septic throat and has taken 6 weeks at Malta and Alexandria, lucky fellow in a way. Very nervous at first of course as I dare say we all were. Fancy, it seems very funny to us of course, but he would not realise it, asked me for a cigarette! I had been in the place for 6 weeks!! Funnily enough I had one! We had only been in the trenches 18 days then!!!

There is little mention of him in the Battalion war diary but the 126 Brigade war diary states that he reported sick to hospital on November 9, 1915. After Gallipoli, he served in Egypt and France. He left the territorials with the rank of Major in 1919.

Major Frederick William Kershaw died on March 24, 1981 in Surrey. He was 95 years old.