No.14109, Private, Frederick PRIGG
8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
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  farm labourer born Hargrave; his mother Alice  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  and brothers Maurice , Harold  and George [5 months], and grandmother Alice KEMBER  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  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.
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