Other names: Frederick
Locations in this story: East Knoyle, WiltshireFrance & FlandersShaftesbury, DorsetBlandford, DorsetMeharicourt, France
Story: Frederick Read was born on 16 Jan 1871 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, the son of William Read and Selina Read (nee Fletcher). He lived in and around East Knoyle for all of his early life including 2 Church Hill. He had served as a reserve with the Dorsetshire Regiment from 21 Jan 1892 until discharged on 5 Jan 1906. He re-enlisted on 27 Apr 1915 with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14337) as a Private serving in France & Flanders with 1st, 3rd and 2nd Battalions. He was transferred on 14 Dec 1916 to the 11th Garrison Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 38395). On the 21 Nov 1917 he was transferred to the 166th Labour Company followed by the 651 Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 99317). During his service he received bomb wounds at Meharicourt, France, on 21 Apr 1917. He was discharged on 1 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Minnie Ayres in 1924 who regrettably died in 1927. There appear to be no children of the marriage. By the 1939 Register Frederick was living at 17d Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a casual labourer. He died in 1952 in the Blandford, Dorset, Registration District.