Other names: Fred
Locations in this story: St. James, Shaftesbury, DorsetIndiaYeovil, SomersetEnmore Green, ShaftesburyMesopotamia
Story: Fred Toogood was born in St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1884 according to his Military enlistment papers. There is little information about his early years but it is known he lived for a time in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He had enlisted prior to WW1 with the Special Reserves of the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and served with them for six years. By 1911 was working in Yeovil and boarding out. He married Margaret Annie Dunn in Yeovil, Somerset, in 1914. He was embodied on 1st September 1914 and joined the 5th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 2466) he later joined the 5th Battalion (Service No. 240823) in Mesopotamia and was attached to the Tank Corps. Whilst there he suffered severe wounds to his left leg and was transferred to India for medical treatment. Unfortunately his leg had to be amputated and he was sent back to the UK and found physically unfit for further service. He was discharged on 10 Aug 1917 with a full pension for life and awarded the British War Medal as well as the Silver War Badge No. 124600 . He went to live in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where his wife had been staying, before moving back to 44 Park Street, Yeovil, Somerset, where he died in 1937.