Frederick John Summers’ birth was registered in the third quarter of 1893 in Rugby. He was baptised on 4 February 1894 at St Matthews Church. The baptism record shows his parents were Frederick Henry (born 1864 in Eathorpe) and Mary Ann Summers. They lived at 5 Bridget Street, Rugby and his father’s profession was entered as grocer’s warehouseman. Mary Ann was born Mary Ann Stevens in 1868 in Rugby.
In 1901 the family were living at 4 Bridge Street and father was still a grocer’s warehouseman. In 1911 they were at the same address and father was a white metal moulder, and Frederick John was a driller.
Frederick John Summers enlisted with the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Regimental number 11077 at the end of August 1914. Formed at Oxford as part of K1 and placed under orders of 42nd Brigade in 14th (Light) Division they landed on 21 May 1915 at Boulogne.
Frederick was a Private fighting in the action to capture Bellevarde Farm, a diversionary action for the Battle of Loos, on 25 September 1915 and was initially reported as missing in action. (See more about the Battle of Bellevarde Farm and the Battle of Loos on Rugby Remembers.)
The Rugby Advertiser dated 6 November 1915 reported:
Private Fred Summers Missing
General regret is expressed in St Matthew’s district at the news that Pte Fred Summers, 5th Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry has been missing since the great advance in September. Pte Summers, who enlisted in August 1914, is a son of Mr F H Summers of 4 Bridget Street and when the war broke out he was employed at the Rugby Conservative Club. He was an old St Matthew’s boy, Secretary of the St Matthew’s Boys Club, a keen athlete and prominent junior footballer and cricketer. He was also a former member of the lst Rugby Company Boys Brigade. Of bright and cheerful disposition, he was popular with all who knew him, and the hope is universally expressed that ere long his anxious parents may have news of him. He was 21 years of age.
Frederick was killed in action and was awarded the British War, Victory and 1915 Star Medals awarded
Frederick John Summers is remembered on Panel 37 and 39 of Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and on the Rugby War Memorial.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM