Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Second Lieutenant Fred Daniels MC, 5th Battalion (Territorial). The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was listed as missing and presumed dead at the Battle of Cambrai in France. His body was never found.
Educated at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, he had been a scoutmaster on coast guard service and was a schoolmaster at the outbreak of the war. He enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment immediately, rapidly being promoted to Sergeant-Major, and receiving his commission early in 1917.
He was awarded the Military Cross for his action on the the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July, 1916, and his “fine example of coolness and courage” were noted, and the battalion orders state that he had been conspicuous in his “excellent work” whenever his company had been engaged: “For conspicuous gallantry throughout an intense bombardement, he moved about utterly regardless of danger, encouraging his men after all his officers had become casualties.”
Fred, from Oldbury in Worcestershire, was 29 years old and married.