Thurgood, Frederick John

Thurgood, Frederick John

 

Military History:

 

Regiment:
Royal Field Artillery

Rank:
Shoeing Smith

Regimental Number:
4410

Date of Enlisting:
9.11.1914

Date of death:
21.5.1951

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour

 

Frederick enlisted with the Army Service Corps on 9th November 1914, Regimental Number 90442 as a shoeing smith.  He transferred to the Royal Field Artillery, Regimental Number 4410 on 21st December 1914 where he served with the 2nd Reserve Battalion and the 4th Reserve Battalion.  On 12th January 1915 he joined the RFA Expeditionary Force and was sent to the Western Front, France and Flanders with the 7th Division Divisional Ammunition Column.  There is also reference in his military records to Italy but nothing specific is known about this.

Frederick survived the War and he died on 21st May 1951 at The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital Welwyn, Hertfordshire.

Frederick was awarded the 14/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:                4th quarter 1888

Birth Place:                  Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Codicote, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      3rd quarter 1917

 

Frederick was the only son of Edwin John and Fanny (nee Hall) Thurgood, born at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in the 4th quarter 1917. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell. Before enlisting Frederick was a blacksmith.

Frederick married Nellie Keturah Lucas in the 3rd quarter 1917 at the Parish Church in Newnham. It is not known if they had children.

Frederick’s father’s probate record in 1942 shows Frederick as a lorry driver.

Frederick died on 21st May 1951 at The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital Welwyn, Hertfordshire.

 

Commentary:

 

Name:Frederick John Thurgood
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Codicote, Hertfordshire
Death Date:21.5.1951
Enlistment Place:Bedford, Bedfordshire
Rank:Shoeing Smith
Regiment:Royal Field Artillery
Battalion:Ammunition Column
Regimental Number:4410
(previously 90442)
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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