FENN, Frederick

No. 9668, Farrier Sergeant, Frederick FENN
Aged 28

"A" Battery, 71st Brigade,Royal Field Artillery
Died of his Wounds on Sunday 7th July, 1918

Born on October 2nd, 1889 [Newmarket 3b:511], in Exning, son of William and Amelia FENN (née JOHNSON) of St Fabian's Cottage, Exning Road, Exning.

1891 census...At St Fabians Cottages were Frederick [1], his father William [29] a gardener, his mother Amelia [33], born Freckenham, brother George James [4] and his sister Elsie Ruth [2]. They were all Exning born except his mother

1901 census...At 8 Laceys Lane, Exning were Frederick [11], his parents, brothers George [14], Ben [5], born Exning, Walter [3] born Black Notley, Essex, Dick [10 months] born Exning, and his sisters Elsie [12], Honor [9] and Dorothy [7] all Exning born.

1911 census...Frederick was a Shoeing and General Smith, lodging at North Road, South Ockenden, Essex, while at 4 York Terrace, Laceys Lane, Exning, were his parents, brothers George (hairdresser), Cecil Ben, unemployed, Walter [13], Dick [10] and sister Dorothy Annie [17] domestic servant.

No pension card has been found for Frederick

He enlisted in Kingston on 5th September 1914 in the Royal Field Artillery, height 5' 9.5 " (176.5 cm), weight 154 pounds (70.1 kg), giving his age as 25 and occupation Farrier. "Soldiers Died" has him in the Royal Artillery as well as the RFA. His birth year is wrong in "Our Exning Heroes".
Being Artillery and dying of wounds, exactly when and where he was wounded cannot be found without his service records.

Frederick's entry in "Our Exning Heroes" reads as follows:

Fenn, F.   R.F.A.
Fred Fenn was born on October 2nd, 1879, and before joining up was a farrier by trade. He was in St. Martin's Choir as a boy, and a most regular and earnest member of Mrs. Vaile's Bible Class, winning several prizes, and taking the greatest interest in all church and religious matters.
He was wounded by a shell near Arras on July 6th, 1918, and died on the following day. His Major writes:
"Your son was standing by the door of his bivouac, when a shell fell about twenty yards away and a large piece of it struck his knee shattering it, he was immediately attended to and taken off to the C.C.S. We all hoped to see him back soon, but he died next day from shock. He will be a great loss to me, as I could always trust him to do his work carefully and well, and he will be missed by the whole battery."

Frederick is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France Ref: IV.J.35

He is also commemorated on his Grandparents' headstone in Exning Old Cemetery

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