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Frederick William Stretch

Surname: Stretch
Other names: Frederick William
Other people in this story:
John Stretch
Anne Stretch
Mary Rogers nee Stretch
Eli Rogers
Locations in this story:
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
Bridmore Gate Cottages, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Hooks Hill, Berwick St. John
Luke Street, Berwick St. John
Devizes, Wiltshire

Story:
Frederick William Stretch was born on 6th October, 1894 in Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He was the son of Mary Stretch, a domestic servant. No father is recorded on the birth certificate. He lived with his mother at the home of her parents, John Stretch and Anne Stretch at Hooks Hill, Berwick St. John. Eventually his mother married Eli Rogers in 1894 and lived in Luke Street, Berwick St. John but Frederick stayed with his grandparents. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Carter and living at Bridmore Gate Cottages, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. He enlisted at Devizes, Wiltshire, as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 18741). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 27th August 1915 and his name appears on Memorial 18, Union Street Graveyard 1 at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

Images:
  • Berwick St. John War Memorial
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 02

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives