Frederick William Beresford (1897–1983)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
32007 11th & 9th Battalions

Photo courtesy Brenda Newman

Frederick William Beresford

Frederick William Beresford ('Eddie') in 1950s–1960s

Frederick Berresford took a little finding. He was on the original Roll of Honour as Fred Beresford. However, he was nown as Eddie and also went under the surname ‘Collins’. He was born and raised at Crich. His parents were Frederick Berrisford and Ellen Wragg. Eddie enlisted in Oct 1915, he served overseas with the 11th and 9th Foresters. He was discharged in Dec 1918 as no longer fit for war work. On the WW1 Roll in St Mary’s, Crich, his surname was spelled ‘Berresford’. In 1923 he married Emma Kneebone (she was sister to John Thomas Kneebone). Eddie and Emma and had a son. The family later relocated to Blidworth, Notts, where he worked as a collier.

Before the war he worked for Joseph Yeomans, who was a well-known local merchant.

Photo courtesy Elaine Gregory

Frederick William Beresford in 1977

Frederick William Beresford (known as 'Eddie') in 1977

Photo courtesy Brenda Newman

Eddie Beresford and his wife, Emma

Eddie with his wife Emma (née Kneebone), circa 1950s/60s

Medal Index Record
His medal index card records him with an address of Town End, Crich, enlisting on 19th October 1915 and being discharged 14th December 1918 with the Victory and British War Medals. He was awarded the Silver War Badge. His regimental number was recorded as 37007.
An additional record has Frederick William Berresford; 11th Bn 32007; 9th Bn 32007; Pte

Silver War Badge Record
32207 Pte Beresford Frederick; Notts and Derby; Badge 491677; Enlisted 29/10/15; Discharged 14/12/18; xvia aged 21; served overseas

Frederick Berrisford's nephew John Stanley Harrison Berrisford is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick Collins Head 44 Navvy Crich
Ellen Collins wife 45   Holloway
Mary A Harrison daughter 20   Holloway
Lilly E Collins daughter 17 Wool doubler Crich
Saml W. Collins son 11   Crich
Martha Ann Collins daughter 8   Crich
Frederick W Collins son 3   Crich
John W Harrison son in law 22 Wire Drawer Crich
John S Collins grandson 1   Crich
Isaac Coleman lodger 33 Limestone quarryman Crich

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1911: Moorwood Moor

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Yeomans Head 47 General dealer Crich Carr
Harriett Yeomans wife 47 House keeper Holloway
Mary E Yeomans daughter 23 Shop assistant Plaistow Green
Joseph Yeomans son 16 Assistant to father Moorwood Moor
Frederick W Collins assistant 13 Assistant Crich

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1918 Crich Voter' List
Beresford, Frederick William, Town End – absent on military service.

1939 Register: Southwell
Frederick W Beresford b.12 November 1897
Emma Beresford b.3 February 1894
John T Beresford b.12 January 1930