Other names: Frederick
Locations in this story: Tollard Street, Tollard Royal, WiltshireFrance & FlandersBray Vale British Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, FranceRushmore Gardens, Berwick St. JohnWotton House, Nr. Dorking, SurreyGuildford, Surrey
Story: Frederick Maidment was born in 1880 in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, and baptised there on 21st March, 1880. He was the son of William Maidment, a Carpenter, and Sarah Maidment (nee Faris). His father died in 1902 and by the 1911 Census his widow was still living in Tollard Royal working as a Telegragh Messenger. Meanwhile Frederick, who was single, was working as a Gardener and living at Rushmore Gardens, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. Between that period and the outbreak of war he moved to Wotton House, Nr. Dorking, Surrey, where he became an estate fireman. He enlisted in Guildford, Surrey, and joined the 2nd/5th Battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment (Service No. 3567). He later transferred to the 23rd (County of London) Battalion of the London Regiment with a new Service No. 6898 which changed yet again to No. 703161. He served in France & Flanders and held the rank of Sergeant at the time of his death on 22nd August 1918. He was buried at Bray Vale British War Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, France (grave id. II.A.21). During his service he was awarded the Military Medal as well as the Victory and British War medals. He is remembered on the Tollard Royal War Memorial, The Surrey Fire Fighters Memorial Trust and on the Memorial Board in St. John's Church, Wotton, Surrey.