Frederick Eldridge

Date of birth: October 1884
Place of birth: New Forest
Service No.: 6887
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 30th November 1918 aged 34 years
Death location: Southampton


Life before the War
Frederick was born in October 1884.  His parents were Samuel and Jane.

The 1901 census records show the family – Samuel and Jane and their 5 children – living in Pooks Green, Marchwood.  Samuel and Jane were both aged 48 during this year.  Frederick was the eldest of 5 siblings and his age was given as 17 on this census.

Frederick’s siblings were:

Bessie (aged 12)
Elsie (aged 10)
Kate (aged 8)
Sidney (aged 6)

Samuel and Frederick list their occupation as Hurdle Maker.

Military Service
Frederick served as a Sergeant in the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment.  The battalion was amongst the first to arrive in France, landing in Le Harve on 23rd August 19145.  The 1st battalion spent the entire war engaged in various battles across the Western Front.  Frederick died on 30th November 1918, within weeks of the armistice being signed, at the age of 34  and is buried in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton. (Grave reference B.01.89).  He was awarded the Victory, British and 14 Star medals to acknowledge his sacrifice.

Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 9th March 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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