Frederick Foot

Date of birth: 1883
Place of birth: Sherborne, Dorset
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 27087
Died: 13th July 1917, aged 33 years
Commemorated: Nieuport Memorial, Belgium


Frederick was the elder of 2 siblings born to Samuel and Elizabeth Foot (nee Hoff), who married in Sherborne in 1882.

Both parents were born in Sherborne, Elizabeth in 1852 and Samuel in 1860.


Elizabeth passed away in Burnham-on-Sea in 1922 and Samuel, a postman, died in Weston-super-Mare in 1940.


Frederick had a sister…..

Ada   b. 1886 Sherborne   d. 1977 Bristol   Married William Downton in Sherborne in 1906.


Frederick married Eva Jessie Gale in Southampton in 1911, and the couple appear to have had no children.

Eva was born in Southampton in 1879 and she passed away in the city in 1964.


The Dorsetshire 1st Battalion was formed in Belfast in August 1914 and was part of the 14th Brigade in the 5th Division before joining the 32nd Division in December 1915.

The Division landed at Le Havre in December 1915.


In the summer of 1917, the Division relieved French troops at Nieuport in preparation for planned Allied landings on German-held territory along the Belgian coast (Operation Hush).

German marines launched a pre-emptive attack against the Division on the River Yser in July and the landings never took place.


Over 260 men of the 32nd Division were killed or mortally wounded during heavy fighting with units of the German Marine-Korps Flandern around Nieuport on 10 July 1917.


The Memorial commemorates 566 Commonwealth servicemen killed in Allied operations on the Belgian coast, the majority of which fell in the heavy fighting around Nieuport in the summer of 1917.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 19th July 2016


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