PAWSEY, Frederick James

No.10138, Private, Frederick PAWSEY
Aged 23

1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in Action on 14th August 1915

Frederick James PAWSEY was born in Shimpling (2nd qtr 1892 Sudbury 4a:740) son of George and harriett PAWSEY (née GREEN)

1901 census...Aged 9 he was at Alpheton Tye with his widowed mother [39] born Lawshall; brothers Arthur [16] and Albert [13] both farm labourers; sisters Alice [15], Ada [11] and Mary [7]. All the children were born in Shimpling.

His father died in 1893 and his mother married William MOATT in 1903. William had previously been married to Anne SYMONDS, who died in 1901

1911 census...Aged 19, a farm labourer, he was at Alpheton Tye with his stepfather William MOATT [64] farm laobourer born Alpheton; his mother Harriett; half brother William George MOATT [6] and half sister Mabel Isabel [4] both born Aplheton; brothers Arthur George PAWSEY, and Albert William PAWSEY both farm labpurers; sister Mary Agnes PAWSEY.

His persomal belongings ( a purse and a charm) were forwarded to his mother Harriett MOATT at 3 Tye Green, Alpheton.
Army Form 5080, (Living blood relatives) recorded in 1919
Mother Harriett MOATT, Tye Geen, Alpheton; full blood brothers Tte A Pawsey [32] 318 R G Coy Royal Engineers, France, Albert Pawsey [28] Tye Green; half brother George MOATT; sisters Alice PAWSEY [30], Mary PAWSEY [24] and Mes A WALKER [26]; half sister Mabel MOATT [12], all at Tye Green, Alpheton.

He enlisted in the Reserves, in Bury St.Edmunds on 31st December 1908, giving, his age as 18 years, a labourer, born Shimpling. He was 5 feet 6.5 inches tall, weighed 112 lbs, chest 31 to 33.5 inches, blue eyes, brown hair, Church of England. Next of kin stepfather William MOATT and mother Harriett. Placed in 3rd Reserves Bn, Leicestershire Regiment, posted to 1st Battalion 21st November 1914 and killed in action on 14th August 1915.
Arriving in France on 21st November he was probably too late for his relatives to have claimed the 1914 clasp.
The battalion war diary:-
"14th Aug 1915..Ypres...Ramparts shelled by 17 inch howitzer (from about 16 miles gunners estimate). Enormous shells which make a noise like a railway train as it came and sent earth and bricks 300 feet high at least and the dust was fearful after each explosion. Shells came regularly every 20 minutes. 3 landed within 50 yards of Bn HQ, one making a crater 60 feet across and about 30 feet deep. A few men buried by debris, no one killed - 9 wounded

15th to billets in POPERINGHE"

Frederick seems not have been missed, all records show him dying on 14th.

Frederick Pawsey is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, panel 33

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