FROUD, Walter Charles

No.40193, Private, Walter Charles FROUD
Aged 32

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly 28456 Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on/since Monday, 18th June 1917

Born Charles Walter in 1st qtr 1887 (Bury St.Edmunds 4a:697) son of Frederick mand Eleanor FROUD (née EAST)

1891 census...Aged 4, he was at 17 Raingate Street, Bury St.edmunds with his father Frederick FROUD [35] labourer; his mother Eleanor [32] born London ;brothers Frederick James EAST [13[ errand boy, John [9] and William James[1]; sisters Mary Ann [11] and Ellen (Eleanor)[7]. All except his mother were born in Bury St.Edmunds.

1901 census...Aged 14, a farm labourer, he was at 14 and 15 Raingate Street with his parents; brothers Frederick (road worker), William J (Bicklayer's labourer) [19], William Henry [12], Charles [10] and Robert Frederick [5]; sisters Mary Ann (corset machinist), Ellen(Eleanor) (corset maker), (Sophia) Caroline [7], Lily May [1] and un-named [under 1 month](Daisy).

1911 census...Aged 24, steam laundry worker, he was at 55 Raingate Street with his parents, sisters Ellen (corset maker), Lily (domestic) and Daisy [9]; brother Frank (Robert Frederick) and (Percy) George [7]

He married Rosina PLACE [1-12-1890] in Bury St.Edmunds 4th qtr 1911. Their children were Phyllis Rose Eleanoe [15-2-1912] and William Henry [20-8-19114]. His widow was at 29 Peckham Street Bury St.Edmiunds, then moving c/o Mrs Fletcher 12 Galton Street, Poplar

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds. From Lt.Col. Murphy's book "The History of the Suffolk Regiment" :-
The Battalion were in trenches near Monchy-le-Preux. On 14th June at 7:30 am they launched an attack on INFANTRY Hill and within an hour had captured HOOK Trench and an hour later had taken the remainder of the trench system on the hill. After a certain slackening in the situation the enemy counter-attacked at about 5 in the evening., the garrisons of HOOK, TOOL and LONG trenches being subjected to a violent bombardment. The Germans succeeded in getting almost up to the parapet of HOOK before being finally checked. In helping to repel this counter-attack the 529th Company, Royal Engineers lost half their strength. Day broke, enabling great losses to be inflicted on the Germans as they fled from one shell hole to another. The casualties in the Battalion between 13th and 18th June amounted to 250.

Daily losses were not always possible to confirm in the heat of battle but the deaths recorded by CWGC on the last day (18th) were 46 of which only four have a known grave.

photo C.W.G.C.

Walter Froud is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Faubourg d'Amiens bay 4

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