Humphries, Frederick. Died 9th May 1915

Frederick William Hayes Humphries was baptised at St Andrews Church, Rugby on 15 Sep 1893. His parents Samuel George Humphries and Phoebe Ann (nee Giffin) had married in the same church on 2 Apr 1893, exactly one year after the banns were read.

In 1901 the family were living at 6 Gas Street, Rugby, close to Phoebe’s parents at number 8. Samuel’s occupation was “packer in stay factory” and Frederick, age 7 had a younger brother, Jack aged 6. Ten years later they were at the same address and Samuel was a “corset overlooker” and Frederick was a lamp maker at BTH.

Rugby Advertiser 12 Jun 1915

Rugby Advertiser 12 Jun 1915

Frederick was in the 2nd Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifles. The 2nd Battalion was part of the 2nd Brigade, in the 1st Division, and landed in Le Havre on 11 January 1915. He was killed in the Battle of Aubers Ridge on 9th May 1915.

At the Battle the regiment was in support of the southern pincer and suffered heavy machine gun fire which cut the men down even as they left their trenches. There were further artillery barrages, but despite repeated efforts no effective gains were made.

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 10. He was aged 21.





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