World War I
Fred Passfield

Fred Passfield was born in Mountnessing and at the start of the war he was living in Brentwood, he enlisted in Warley and joined the Norfolk Regt as number 9000, he later transferred to 1st Batt Essex Regt as a private 20527.
Fred was sent to Gallipoli and was killed in action 6th August 1915 in this aborted campaign. He is remembered on a special memorial C153 at Twelve Tree Copse. The cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated sites and small burial grounds on the battlefields of April - August and December 1915. The most significant of these burial grounds were Geoghan's Bluff Cemetery, containing 925 graves associated with fighting at Gully Ravine in June - July 1915: Fir Tree Wood Cemetery, where the 29th Division and New Zealand Infantry Brigade fought in May 1915 and Clunes Vennel Cemetery, containing 522 graves. There are now 3,360 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 2,226 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate many casualties known or believed to be buried among them, including 142 officers and men of the 1st Essex who died on 6 August 1915, and 47 of the 1st/7th Scottish Rifles killed on 28 June.
The special memorial meant that he was known to be there but could not be identified.
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