FITCH, Frederick

No.14304, Lance Corporal, Fred FITCH
Aged 29

"C" Coy., 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday, 20th September 1917

Frederick Fitch was born in Cavendish (Sudbury Q1-1889 4A:672), son of Noah and Susan FITCH(née MAYES).

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at Houghton Hall, Cavendish with his father Noah FITCH [38] farm labourer born Hundon; his mother Susan [35] born Hundon; brothers Harry [18] farm labourer born Hundon, Frank [10], William [7], and Morris [5]; sisters Louisa [12] and Lillie [6 months]. All except his parents and brother Harry were born in Cavendish.

1901 census...Aged 12 he was at Houghton Hall Cottages,Cavendish with his parents (fasther now horsekeeper); brothers Frank (horsekeeper), Percy (horsekeeper), Maurice (shepherd) and Arthur [6]; sisters Lillie and Minnie [8]; niece Annie MAYES [2] (parentage unknown).All the new children were born in Cavendish.

1911 census...Aged 22, he was a groom at Houghton Hall, with his brother Arthur (page) working for Gordon Molyneux MILLAR. His parents were still at Houghton Hall with his brothers Frank, William and Maurice and sister Florry [8]

He married Beatrice Maud UNDERWOOD (b.25-8-1887) in 1912. Their daughter Millicent was born on 19th January 1913. They lived at Poole Street, Cavendish

He enlisted in Sudbury.
The war diary says they were in front line trenches at Mazingarbe. The 2 killed and 7 wounded (2 at duty) were transport personnel billeted at Les Brebis and were killed by a hostile shell falling on the lines about 12:30 am. The other man killed was Private Herbert Brown from Withersfield.

photo: Rodney Gibson

Fred Fitch is buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension , grave 3:A:4

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