Chatteris WW1 Soldier Fred Woodbine 4995. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Name: Frederick Woodbine Battalion,: No. 4995 4th Bn Suffolk regiment Died: 28 February 1917 Fred Woodbine was born in about 1887 in Doddington. In 1891 he was living with his grandmother Sarah Woodbine and mother Agnes in Doddington By 1901 Fred, his mother and his sister Louisa had moved to Chatteris and were living with Fred’s Auntie, Frances Boulton. Fred enlisted in Chatteris and joined the Suffolk Regiment. His number was initially 4174 but was reassigned as 4995. The Cambs Times of March 16th 1917 describes what happened in letters to his adoptive parents: Mr & Mrs Boulten have received the following letter from Lance Cpl Smith of March: “I am very sorry to have to tell you the sad news of Fred Woodbine’s death which happened at 2am on Feb 28th through the explosion of a shell. Fred and I were very great pals after the loss of Will Taylor. We have had many a happy hour together in France. Fred was, as you know, on the Lewis Gun. He was a very cool, brave lad, never fussing or worrying about anything except you at home. I was not many yards from him at the time of this death. He was hit by a large piece of wood, death being instantaneous. Young Bates from Wimblington was sitting by his side at the time and Fred did not speak at all. Hew as buried and a cross has been erected over the spot where he lies. The deepest sympathy is felt by the officers and all of D company as Fred always made friends wherever he went. The Captain of the deceased’s Regiment wrote: He was in the front line trenches and a large trench mortar explode, killing him and 5 others. He regretted that it was not possible to recover any personal effect. Deceased was a good soldier.” Fred’s grave was never found and he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. Project File contains: • CWGW certificate • Cambs Times of March 16th 1917 • Soldiers Died Document • 1891, 1901 Census • Photo of name on Thiepval Memorial
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