Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 13/11/1916
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment 3rd Bn. attd. 13th Bn.
Grave Reference II. A. 7.
Cemetery SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2
Born in 1882 at Hackney, son of William (Childrens Costume Manufacturer) and Suzannah English. 1891: With his large family at 8 Gore Road Hackney. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital from 1895-1898. 1901: A Commercial Clerk with his family still at 8 Gore Road. In the Autumn of 1907 he married Annie Lough. 1911: An Agent for a Colonial Railway, living with his wife (no children) at 54 Woodberry Avenue, Winchmore Hill. His will gave the later address “Talbots” Churchfields South Woodford.
Initially served in the Royal Fusiliers as a Private before being attached to 13th (West Ham) Battalion of the Essex Regiment as a Temporary 2/Lt. The Battalion was ordered to attack and capture the German defensive position “The Quadrilateral” and four lines of German trenches to its South on 13-11-16, part of the action known as “The Battle of the Ancre”.
At 02.30 that day each man of the Battalion was given a mug of hot coco, and at 04.15 they moved out of the trenches to positions in the open. When the barrage began at 05.45 the lines of men moved forward behind it,
managing to gain access to and capturing the German first line trenches. The Quadrilateral however was too well defended to take that day, and it was on Wednesday 15-11 that Capt. Jameson and men managed to bomb an entry in conjunction with Royal Fusiliers, and make some progress Northwards.
When taking stock during the last few days of the month, Frederick English was among those confirmed as missing, but later revised to Killed in Action on 13-11-16.
Memorial: None Known.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry.
Qualification: Borough Resident. Name read at St Mary’s Church Sunday Service, December 1917.