Lance Corporal Frederick William Bycroft

Fredrick was born in 1886 in Stickford, the son of Seth Cawthorne Bycroft and his wife Alice of The Gables, Stickford Fred joined the 5th Lincolnshire Regiment for four years on 21 September 1914. He enlisted at Spilsby. Fred served at home from 21st September 1914 until 4th July 1916, joining the expeditionary force in France on 5th July 1916. Fred was promoted to Lance Corporal on 1st August 1916 then reverted to Private on 13th August 1916 when he was wounded in the field and went to a Casualty Clearing Station. Frederick has a grave in the churchyard north of the church. The inscription on his headstone reads “In living memory of Frederick William youngest son of Seth & Alice Bycroft who after serving his country in France & Belgium died in Lincoln Hospital May 27th 1919 aged 33 years”.

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