LING, Oliver Frederick

No.114214, Driver, Oliver Frederick LING
Aged 19

"A" Battery, 52nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 1st August 1917

Oliver Frederick Ling was born in Hundon on 25th July 1897 (Risbridge Q4-1897 4A:775), son of Frederick and Elizabeth Martha LING (née LING).

1901 census...Aged 3, he was in Church Street, Hundon with his father Fred LING [26] a journeyman miller; his mother Elizabeth [30] brothers Edward O [4] and Hezekiah [3 months]. All were born in Hundon

He was admitted to Hundon Board School in May 1901, leaving on 3rd March 1911 having obtained his certificate.

1911 census...Aged 13, a farm labourer, he was at Clare Road, Hundon with his parents (father now a district council roadman); brothers Edward Oswald (farm labourer) and Hezekiah.

His father died in the 1st half of 1914.

By 1914, according to his brother Edward's Army records, Edward was in Coalville, mother, Oliver and Hezekiah were at Babel Green, Hundon still. By the time his mother came to complete official documents after Oliver's death, she was at Oldstone Hill, Atherstone. Leicestershire. Edward served in the Leicestershire Regiment and the Royal Engineers and survived the war.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.
The 3rd battle of Ypres, often referred to as "Passchendaele" started on 31st July 1917. The war diary of the 52nd Brigade, R.F.A. has not been found on line and it is notoriously difficult to pin down artillery units. so exactly where Oliver was killed remains unknown.

Oliver was not necessarily working in these conditions, but this is what his and other artillery units, Allied and German, assisted by heavy rain, could do to the land. Land across which infantrymen, loaded with 30 kilo of kit, were expected to cross and in the face of machine gun fire.

photo: Rodney Gibson

Oliver Ling is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, grave 2:F:9

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