Lance Corporal F/924 FREDERICK ARTHUR BURROWS of 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment was reported Missing Presumed Killed on 28 April 1917. On that day the battalion was virtually destroyed in an attack on Oppy Wood, near Arras, only 1 officer and 41 men remaining unwounded.
The 17th battalion was known as the Footballers Battalion as its ranks were made up of footballers and supporters. A second ‘Football battalion’ (the 23rd Middx) was formed in May 1915. There is a memorial to the two Football battalions in the village of Longueval near Delville Wood on the Somme.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered in the Book of Remembrance at St Saviour’s church, Forest Hill.
He was 21 years old, the son of Frederick and Mary Burrows of Malham Road, Forest Hill. When he was attested in March 1915 he gave his job as engineer's mate.
Contributed By: Andy Pepper
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