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Pte. Frederick Critchell

British Army Rifle Brigade 3rd Btn.

from:Woolwich, Kent

(d.26th June 1917)

I do not know much about my great grandfather, Fred Critchell and most of my older relatives on my mother's side of the family have all died before I started my family research.

I do however believe that at the time of his enlistment he lied about his age and added approx. 5yrs to his age. He was married by this time to a woman older than him as well. She was pregnant for a 3rd time by the time he left for duty and gave birth to a baby boy in 1916. I do not know when my great grandfather enlisted, but do know it was in Woolwich, Kent. I also do not know if he knew about his last son. Before he enlisted, he worked as a labourer. This is all I know at this time.


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