Frederick William Liquorish was born at Uppingham on 23 March 1882, the youngest of seven children. He lived with his parents William and Ann in Leicester Road. After leaving school, he worked as a groom for Lady Victoria Carbery at Glaston House, the mother of Percy Evans-Freke who would also be killed in the First World War. He went on to work for a farmer in Ridlington before moving to Leicester and working for a family in Birstall alongside his brother Albert. He met and married a local girl, Maud Woofenden, and the couple had a son, Ernest William. When war broke out the family were living in Roman Road in New Birstall and it was from there he joined up on 26 June 1916. He was posted to a labour battalion and went abroad on 27 July before transferring to the 20th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He joined the battalion in a draft of reinforcements shortly before the Third Battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele. The battalion went into action on the first day, 31 July 1917, and suffered heavy losses before being relieved that night. It was back in the line for another couple of occasions before Passchendaele came to a close. The battalion was then sent to Italy where it spent a few months before being sent back to the Western Front in time to meet the big German offensive of March 1918. Fred would have been involved in the intensive fighting over the next few months before being hit by a machine gun bullet on 14 October 1918. Just five days before he had written to Maud (see photograph below). "My own dearest wife, Just a line in answer to yours. Glad to her you are so well as it leaves me in the pink...Just now give my love to all friends hoping they are well. It is very wet out here just now but then the time of year calls for it. I am not saying a lot just to let you know I am well and that is what you look for. Give my love to sonny and Dad...I may be home before Xmas again if it is not over by then. There are bright clouds shining now and all hope for an early peace...I remain your loving husband, Fred xxxxxxx." He was treated at No 10 Casualty Clearing Station, from where the chaplain wrote to Maud (see photograph below): "Dear Mrs Liquorish, Your husband is in the Hospital with a serious wound to his chest, but he seems to be holding his own well. He sends you his love." The following day Fred died. He was buried near Poperinghe at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, grave XXX.D.17 and is remembered on Uppingham's war memorial.
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