Chatteris WW1 Soldier Corporal Frederick Rowe MM 4244. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Corporal Frederick Rowe MM 4244, 2nd Bn Worcestershire Regiment. Died: 29 September 1918 Frederick Rowe was born in 1896 in Chatteris. In 1911 he was a general labourer and lived with his parents Edward and Sarah Ann at 24 West St. Fred enlisted in Wisbech on on February 21st 1916, joining the Suffolks, and went to France in August 1916. He was transferred to the Hampshire and then to the Worcester Regiment. He was awarded the Military Medal for his actions on 19-20 June 1918. During this night 5 officers and 138 Other Ranks of the 2nd Worcesters carried out a raid to discover the identity of the enemy at Manor Farm on the shores of Zillebeke Lake near Ypres. They came back with 5 prisoners. Fred was killed in action on 29 September 1918. The 2nd Worcesters were in the 1st and 2nd line trenches in the Battle of The St Quentin Canal in an attempt to break through the Hindenburg Line. Conditions were very muddy and the whole of the leading platoons were shot down and the majority of the supporting lines had fallen before the survivors came to a halt and took cover. 88 men in the battalion were killed and 153 wounded in the attack. Troops further down the line did break through the Hindenburg line leading to the start of Germany’s defences being defeated. Fred is buried near where he fell at Pigeon Ravine, Epehy. Project File Contains • 1911 Census • Soldiers Died • Birth Index • Cambs Times Oct 25th 1918, Jul 26th 1918 • Extracts from accounts of the 2nd Worcs Regiments
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