METSON, Frederick

No.16584, Private, Frederick METSON
Aged 26

2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Sunday, 13th June 1915

Frederick Eskel Metson was born in Birdbrook (Risbridge Q1-1890 4A:691) son of Robert and Susan METSON (née LOFTS ?). They can at times be found as MITSON.

1891 census...Aged 1, he was in Birdbrook with his father Robert METSON [45] farm labourer born Finchingfield; his mother Susan [45] born Finchingfield; brothers Charles A [20] and Alfred [15] both farm labourers, born Finchingfield; sister Rosa A [13]; brothers Benjamin [10] and Thomas E [3], all three born in Birdbrook. In addition other siblings were Harriet [1868], Emma [1869] and Jemima [1874] all born in Finchingfield.

His father died in 1897.

1901 census...Aged 11, he was at Bailey Hill Farm Cottage, Birdbrook with his widowed mother (now recorded as born in Ridgewell; brothers Benjamin and Robert (farm labourers and Thomas (errand boy).

1911 census...Aged 21, a farm labourer, he was still in Birdbrook with his mother ( birth recorded in Ridgewell)and brothers Robert and Thomas (both farm labourers)

His brother Thomas was killed serving in Gallipoli in the Essex Regiment in 1915. see here

He enlisted in Warley. Another case where "Soldiers Died" give cause of death as "died of wounds" and the Medal Index Card says "Killed in Action". This is usually a case of dying the same day, perhaps not even reaching a Field Ambulance.
The battalion on 10th June, held a line from TURCO FARM to just in front of the Estaminet across the Moortelweg. (28.C.15.d). On the 12th the war diary relates:-
A quiet day, 2nd Lt Chawner took out a patrol to NO MAN'S FARM and 2/Lt Willmott took a patrol to the right of the estaminet and bombed the Germans but it cannot be said with what result Casualties 2 Killed 10 wounded.

13th Quite a quiet day. A few rounds were fired at our Reserve trench by a field gun Casualties 3 killed 4 wounded.

The problem here is that if Frederick was killed in action, how he came to be buried in Bailleul, in France. The greater probability is being wounded at least a day earlier and dying in a Casualty Clearing Station in Bailleul. There is no reference to a graves concentration.

the area mentioned above, just north east of Ypres

His memorial stall in Birdbrook church

photo: Roy Beardsworth

Frederick Metson is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord, grave 1:E:20
He is also commemorated in the Congregational Church in Stambourne

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details

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