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MITCHAM, FREDERICK HOWE


Frederick with his mother Hannah

Rifleman Y/1503, 7th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 21/08/1916, aged 19. Born Bermondsey, Enlisted Shoreditch Resident Tooting. Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: III. F. 45. Cemetery: HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE.

Frederick was born in Southwark on 22nd June 1897. Son of Arthur and Hannah HOWE of 18, Seely Road Tooting.

Frederick joined the 7th Kings Royal Rifles and on the 9th April 1915 took part in a Military Boxing Tournament (see poster)

Frederick disembarked to France on 3rd August 1915 and Died of Wounds 21st August 1916. The War Diary for the 19th August reads.

Day was quiet till 8pm except for very accurate sniping from DELVILLE WOOD. At 8pm the enemy opened a heavy bombardment on our trenches and a barrage behind, after which the enemy made a feeble counter attack which was easily driven off.

After everything had quietened down, the bn was relieved by the 2nd Worcesters and proceeded to POMMIERS TRENCH. Casualties O.R Killed 9, Wounded 25, Missing 1.

Frederick was awarded the Victory, 15 Star and British Medals. Frederick’s older brother Edward served with the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry (Special Reserve); he was discharged in November 1917 due to wounds. He also received the Victory, 15 Star and British Medals.


Frederick Howe

 

 

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