Private Wilfred Francis Cavers, 13995

  • Batt - 10
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Section - "C" Company
  • Date of Birth - 1894
  • Died - 17/05/1916
  • Age - 21

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of Adam Scott Cavers, a gardener, born 1855 in Beverley, Yorkshire and his wife Fanny Cavers (nee Newbold, married on the 11th June 1885 in the Parish Church, Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire), born 1858 in Normanton on Soar, Nottinghamshire. Wilfred Francis was born in the 4th quarter of 1894 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, his siblings were, Edith Lilian, a hosiery trade machinist, born 1886, Agnes Mary, born 1888, Arthur William, born 1890, Norah Newbold, born 1893 and John Harold, born 1897, all his siblings were born in Loughborough, in March 1901 the family home was at 73, Paget Street, Loughborough. In April 1911 Wilfred was employed as a engineer and boilermaker’s clerk and was residing in the family home at 15, Garton Road, Loughborough, together with his father, a domestic gardener, his mother and siblings, Edith, a hosiery trade blouse machinist, Agnes, a council school teacher, Arthur, a builder’s joiner, Nora, a drapery shop assistant and John, a toolmaker’s apprentice, also residing in the family home was Wilfred’s widowed maternal Grandmother, Selina Newbold, born 1831 in Packington, Leicestershire. Wilfred died on the 17th May 1916 in Loughborough, aged 21.
Wilfred enlisted/attested into the Regular Army on the 5th September 1914 in Loughborough, and was allotted the service number 13995. He gave his place of birth as Emmanuel, Loughborough, Leicestershire and age as 19 years 11 months. His marital status was given as unmarried and his trade or calling as turner.
His medical examination took place in Loughborough on the 5th September 1915 and recorded his apparent age as 19 years 11 months, that he was 5 feet 8 inches in height, weighed 116 lbs, had a chest measurement of between 32 and 34½ inches, his complexion was described as fresh, he had brown eyes and his hair colour was brown. He gave his religion as Wesleyan.
He gave his next of kin as his father, Adam Scott Cavers, mother, Fanny Cavers, brother, Arthur Cavers and sister, Edith Cavers, 15, Garton Road, Loughborough.
During his period of military service, the following events of note occurred: -
Posted. Depot Leicestershire Regt. Pte. 10/9/14.
Posted. 8th (Service) Bn. Leicestershire Regt., Bourley Camp. 24/9/14.
Transferred. To 10th (2nd Reserve) Bn. Leicestershire Regt., Barnard Castle. 9/7/15.
Discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service under 392 (xvi) K. R. 1912. 21/8/15.
Summary of Service.
Total Service. 351 days
The Proceedings on Discharge that took place in Deerbolt Camp, Castle Barnard, County Durham on the 22nd July 1915 recorded the following information. His age was 20 years 10 months, he was 5 feet 8 inches in height, had a chest measurement of between 32 and 34½ inches, his complexion was described as fresh, he had brown eyes and his hair colour was brown, his trade or calling was turner and his intended place of residence was 15, Garton Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire.
He was discharged in consequence of: - Tuberculosis of the lung. No longer physically fit for war service. Paragraph 392 (XVI) King’s Regulations 1912.
His Military character was described as: - Good.
The Certificate of Official Discharge was signed in Deerbolt Park Camp, 21st August 1915.

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Other Memorials - Loughborough Carillon, War Memorial Bell Tower
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Former Unit n.o - 8/13995
  • Former Unit - 8th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
  • Cause of death - DIED
  • Burial Commemoration - Loughborough Cem., Leicestershire, England
  • Born - Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Enlisted - 05/09/1914 in Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Place of Residence - 15 Garton Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

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