No.G/61435, Private, Frederick READER
13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Frederick Reader was born in Shudy Camps (Linton Q4-1884 3B:519), baptised in Shudy Camps in 1884 (there are two transcriptions of this, with differing dates) son
of George Alfred and Alice Elizabeth READER (née DOCKERILL).
1891 census...Aged 6, he was at Cottages, Horseheath with his father George READER  farm labourer born Shudy Camps; his mother Alice  born Horseheath; brothers George  farm labourer and Major  born Horseheath; Albert and Alfred  born Shudy Camps; sisters Kate  born Horseheath and Bessie  born Shudy Camps.
1901 census...Aged 16, a farm labourer, he was in Horseheath with his parents (father a horsekeeper); brothers Goerge, Major, Albert and Alfred (all farm labourers); sister Bessie.
His mother appears to have died in 1906 aged 62, as Elizabeth Reader.
1911 census...Aged 26, domestic gardener, he was in Horseheath with his widower father (a horsekeeper), brothers George and Alfred (farm labourers) and sister Bessie and a niece, Olive READER  born Horseheath.
His brother Major had tried to enlist in Suffolk Regiment but was rejected on health grounds.
Apart from his medal index card,no other Army documentation has been found, but he had served overseas.
Dying of his wounds at home and in the absence of any service records it is impossible to say exactly where or when he was wounded. The 13th Battalion however had suffered heavy casualties on 24th October around SALESCHES and the crossing of the Ecaillon near Ghissignes.
His death was registered in Salford, Manchester, but his age is put at 39. Not the only error since the Register of Soldiers effects has his date of death as 11th December 1915.
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