PRIGG, Frederick William

No.14109, Private, Frederick PRIGG
Aged 28

8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 17th November 1917

Frederick William Prigg was born in Moulton in 1889 (Newmarket Q2-1889 3B:654), son of William and Alice (née KEMBER).

1891 census...Aged 1, he was at Newmarket Road, Moulton with his father William PRIGG [28] farm labourer born Hargrave; his mother Alice [21] born Deptford, Kent and sister Mabel [4 months] born Moulton.

1901 census...Aged 11, he was at Play Green, Moulton with his parents (father now horsekeeper), sisters Mabel and Eva [8] and brothers Maurice [5], Harold [2] and George [5 months], and grandmother Alice KEMBER [60] born Barrow. All the new siblings were born in Moulton.

1911 census...Aged 21, garden labourer, he was still at Play Green, Moulton with his parents, sister Mabel, brothers Maurice (garden labourer), Harold, George and Alec [8] born Moulton, and grandmother Alice KEMBER.

He worked for Mr Camps who owned Moulton Manor Farm, and as a gardener on Moulton Paddocks. Lived at one time on Dalham Road.

He enlisted in Newmarket on 3rd September 1914 and was wounded on 1st July 1916, the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme.
On 6th November 1917 the 8th Suffolks were consigned to the line in a devastated area of Houhulst Forest in the Ypres salient. In a very wet and uncomfortable spell and in cold, blinding rain they then trudged back to shelters near Boesinghe. They then alternated between line and shelter until mid December. No major action, just unremitting bad weather and some skirmishes resulting in a few deaths.
In fact only 3 men of the battalion were killed the 7 day period up to 17th.

Fred Prigg is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, panels 40-41 162-162A

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