Pte 7266 Cheshire Regt. He had already served with the Cheshire Regt 1903-1908 so was on the reserve list and was sent to France 14/8/1914.Within two weeks he was officially listed as missing 24/8/1914 at the Battle of Mons. The army did not know he was a POW until 6/3/1915. German records show he was captured 24/8/1914 and held prisoner at Soltau POW Camp, Lower Saxon. Soltau was the largest German POW camp holding some 35,000 prisoners. The 24/8/1914 was an auspicious day for the Cheshire Regt and is classed as their ‘Regimental Day’. The 1st Bn suffered 78% casualties, killed, wounded or missing there at Audregnies, Mons, fighting a heroic rear-guard action. Fred was repatriated 5/1/1919, so he served virtually the whole of the war period in enemy hands. b 1885 Hyde. 1911C a cotton mule piecer, living in Stockport with his wife Florence Ada and parents in law, George Ronksley Hallam, (b1861 Hathersage, 1871C living at The Hill, Outseats), and Elizabeth (Stringer) (b1857, 1871C living at The Dale, Hathersage).