2nd Lieutenant Frederick Hayworth

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Hayworth

Frederick Hayworth was the brother of student Harry Asher Hayworth and a qualified Banker who took classes at the University of Glasgow in 1914. He was attached to the 1st/14th Bn. London Regiment (London Scottish) in the First World War and was killed in the Battle of Arras which took place between April 9th and May 16th 1917.

Frederick was born in Bo’ness in 1893, the third son of William Hayworth, Bank Accountant, and Jane (Asher) Hayworth. His father’s job with the Royal Bank of Scotland meant that he moved regularly as a child attending Dunfermline High School and Queen’s Park School in Glasgow. In 1908, aged 15, He settled with the family in Lennoxtown where he worked as a Clerk in his father’s bank. Outside of his work, he played golf, cricket and learned to play the organ at the Campsie United Free Church.

In 1913, aged 20, Frederick returned to Glasgow where he worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland in their St. Rollox Branch. He continued to play the organ, taking up the position of Organist at St. Margaret’s Parish Church. In 1914, he sat and passed the examination for membership of the Institute of Bankers Scotland receiving £10 for the 12th highest mark out of 1160 entrants. Later that year he matriculated at the University of Glasgow to take a class in Scots Law.

While studying at Glasgow he joined his younger brother Harry Asher Hayworth who was undertaking a degree in Classics. In 1914, the two lived together in the ‘care of’ McRae at 99 Grant Street, near St. George’s Cross. However, Frederick never finished his class as, just a few months later in January 1915, he abandoned his studies to enlist in the Glasgow Highlanders. Three months later, Harry also enlisted, having passed his final exams at the University.

Frederick applied for officer training and was commissioned in the 7th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in November 1915. A month later, Harry was also commissioned into the same battalion. The two brothers remained together in training for almost a year until they were finally separated in October 1916 when they were posted to different units on The Western Front.

Frederick arrived in France on the 18th October 1916 and was attached to the 1st/14th Bn. London Regiment (London Scottish) which was resting at Fremont, near Amiens. His first experience of the trenches was on the 28th October, in the area near the village of Faquissart, near the Aubers Ridge. On the 9th April, he participated in the opening of the Battle of Arras. While Frederick was involved in the fighting on the south side of the river Scarpe, his brother Harry was on the north bank, taking part in the capture of the village of Athies.

Two weeks later, while at home on leave, Frederick received the news that Harry had been killed in action on the 15th April 1917. Despite this, he returned to his unit. Less than a month after Harry was killed, Frederick participated in the night assault on Tool Trench, near Monchy-Les-Preux. Although this attack was ultimately successful, 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Hayworth was killed during the fighting on the 12th May 1917.

Today, the location of Frederick’s grave has been lost and his name is inscribed on the memorial tablets of the Arras Memorial in Fauberg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras. The body of his brother, Harry, is buried nearby in the same cemetery.


2nd Lieutenant Frederick Hayworth
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders attd. 1st/14th Bn. London Regiment (London Scottish)
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 12 May 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/422
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/94


University of Glasgow Registry records.

Biographical information: With thanks to Euan Loarridge from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum for the extra information.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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