Frederick Percy Bond

Date of birth: 1885
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 8781
Rank: Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Regiment / Division: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Battalion: 1st battalion
Died: 20 May 1917, aged 31 years
Buried: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.  (Plot XX1, Row AA, Grave 9)

Life before the War

Frederick was the fifth of 9 siblings born to Francis and Katherine Bond (nee Abrahams), who married in Southampton in 1879….their first-born appeared 2 years earlier.

Francis was born locally in 1858, and he died in the city in 1937. Katherine was born in Co. Mayo in 1855, and it is not known when she passed away.

The family was living at 2 Bond Road, Bitterne Park at the 1911 Census.

Siblings:

  1. Florence Katherine   b. 1877 Southampton   d. ??   Married Henry Ernest Parker in Southampton in 1900.
  2. John Henry   b. 1881 Southampton    d. 1947 Southampton   Married Emily Hanson in Southampton in 1903.
  3. Francis Abraham   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1960 Southampton  Married Eleanor Mabel Steward in Southampton in 1907.
  4. Kate Clara   b. 1884 Southampton   d. 1943 Surrey   Married Walter John Kimber in Southampton in 1905.
  5. Fredrick Percy
  6. Rose Miriam   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1975 Southampton   Married George W. Reynolds in Southampton in 1917.
  7. Lilian Gertrude   b. 1890 Southampton   d. 1982 Southampton   Married John J. Wheeler in Southampton in 1926.
  8. Arthur Edward b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1959 Southampton   Married Martha M. Roberts in Southampton in 1921.
  9. Elsie Eva   b. 1896  Southampton  d. 1942 Tonbridge

War Service

The 1st Inniskillings were in India at the outbreak of the war; they were called back at the end of 1914.
They disembarked at Avonmouth on 10 January 1915 and became attached to the 87thBrigade of the 29th Division.

On 17 March, the Division sailed for Gallipoli via Egypt. The battalion fought almost continuously for the 9-month campaign. From an original strength of 990 men, only 120 survived the campaign unscathed.

The battalion left Gallipoli on 8 January 1916 with the rest of the division, bound for France. They disembarked at Marseilles on 18 March 1916 and spent the next 18 months fighting on the Western Front.

During this period of heavy fighting, Frederick was awarded the Military Medal. It is likely that Frederick succumbed to injuries suffered during the successful capture of Roeux on 13 – 14th May 1917.

The cemetery is north of Arras and was mostly used by the 47th (London) Division and the Canadian Corps until August 1917. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when as many a 7000 graves were brought in from over 100 cemeteries in the area.

Today the cemetery holds over 7650 WW1 burials, over half of which remain unidentified.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 11/08/2015
Updated:

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