LAST, Frederick

No.29276, Lance Corporal, Frederick LAST
Aged 34

7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment
formerly SS/1403, 7th Field Bakery, Army Service Corps
Killed in Action on/since Wednesday, 28th August 1918

Born in 1884 (2nd qtr Bury St.Edmunds 4a:6569) son of Walter and Emma LAST(née RAMBLANCE)

1891 census...Aged 6, he was at 9 The Butts, Bury St.Edmunds with his father Walter LAST [28], shoemaker; his mother Emma [26] born Welnetham; brothers Walter [7]; sisters Florence [3] and Edith [1]. All except his mother were born in Bury St.Edmunds.

1901 census...Aged 16, he was a drummer in the 3rd Suffolks in St Peter Port, Guernsey. At 186 Westgate Road were his parents; sisters Florrie and Edith, Victoria [6] and Violet [1]; brothers William [9] and Albert [4]

1911 census...Aged 27, a baker in the Army Service Corps, he was in Gibraltar. At 54 Guildhall Street were his parents;, sisters Emma and Violet; brother Albert.

His brother Albert was killed in September 1918 see here

He enlisted in Battersea. Either no one claimed the clasp for his 1914 Star, or he was out of range of German guns, in the bakery with the ASC.
No pension card has been found.
War Diary has:-
28th.. The night was quiet but at 2 am the enemy opened out a heavy bombardment on the Bn sector, but no infantry action followed. Orders having been received that the policy of the Division for the 24 hrs was one of holding and consolidating all gains - work was proceeded with. The Bn was relieved in the line by the Border Regt - relief being completed by mid night. After relief companies marched down independently to the valley NE of Martinpuich. During the march the enemy was heavily shelling the roads and tracks and casualties were sustained by A and C Coys. On arrival in the valley hot food and tea was served to the men after which all ranks were thoroughly rested.

CWGC has 9 of the battalion killed that day, only 2 with known graves.

photo Rodney Gibson

Fredserick Last is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial France panel 4

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