SPARKE, Frederick William

No.818318, Gunner, Frederick William SPARKE
Aged 27

30th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Lost at Sea on Saturday, 1st June 1940

Frederick William Sparkes was born in 1913, in Botesdale?, (Hartismere Q4-1913 4A:1854) son of John Frederick and Amelia Venetta SPARKE (née THOMPSON) (Hartismere Q2-1909 4A:1409)

Apparently married to Betty CHALLIS[25-12-1917] (Bury St.Edmunds Q2-1938 4A:2956). She appears to be at The Street, Ixworth Thorpe with her parents in 1939.

His mother had died in 1937 and widower father [30-5-1886] invalid and brother Herbert Leslie [24-6-1924] farm labourer, were at Red House, Ixworth Thorpe

It has not been established which ship Frederick was on during the evacuation from Dunkirk, obviously one of the many sunk that day.

Frederick Sparke is commemorated on the Dunkirk memorial, column 15

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