|Date of birth:||12th February 1890|
|Place of birth:||Ringwood|
|Regiment:||Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding)|
|Rank / Service No:||Private, 26329|
|Died:||16th March 1918, aged 28 years|
|Buried:||Etaples Military Cemetery, France (Plot XXXI, Row G, Grave 12)|
Fred was the third of 4 siblings born to George and Annie Elizabeth Elliott (nee Maidment), who married in Dorset on 5 December 1886.
The couple also had an “adopted” son but he appears to have not used the Elliott surname. Their first-born was also born out of wedlock, so it can only be assumed that they are the parents.
George was born in Blandford in 1860 and died in Warminster in 1946. Annie was born in Ringwood in 1865 and she passed away in Southampton in 1951.
After the 1911 Census, the family lived at 15 Highfield Lane.
Ellen Edith Rose b. 1883 Christchurch d. 1951 Denham Married William George Messingbird-Hubbucks in Ringwood on 3 August 1903. William was born in 1871 and died in 1949…..the couple had 11 children !
Anna Mary b. 1887 Ringwood d. 1893 Ringwood
Beatrice Mary May b. 1895 Salisbury d. 1946 Winchester
James Wilfred G. Hiscock b. 1900 Breamore d. 1967 Luton
Fred started his military life in the Army Service Corps as a “Driver” (T/4/065428). The letter “T” signified he served in the Horse Transport section.
The Duke of Wellingtons appears to be a very strange battalion for Fred to transfer to. He enlisted on 6 March 1915, which is when the battalion moved to Derbyshire as part of the 186th Brigade in the 62nd Division.
The Battalion had been formed as a home service unit in September 1914. It was on Salisbury Plain from January to October 1916 and landed in France in January 1917.
The Battalion spent the rest of the war based around Arras.
The area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals.
It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and was accessible by railway from both the northern and southern battlefields.
In 1917, 100K troops were camped among the sand dunes and the 15 or so hospitals could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick.
The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth WW1 burials.
Fred’s headstone reads: “His life for his country he gave.”
|Published:||14th July 2016|
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