Frederick Charles Edbrooke

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Australian Infantry

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 2901

Parents: Martin Luther Edbrooke and Ellen Edbrooke

Home address: Toodyay, Swan Valley, Western Australia

Pre-war occupation: Farmer

Date of birth: 1889

Place of birth: Shirehampton, Gloucestershire

Date of death: 09/06/1917

Buried/Commemorated at: No known burial site. Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Not commemorated on a local memorial.

Age: 27

Further information:

Frederick was born in Shirehampton, Gloucestershire, the son of a plumber and the youngest child of ten with four sisters and five brothers, two of whom were twins. In 1901 he was living with his family in Mangotsfield but in 1910 he emigrated to Australia with his older brother Robert. His parents remained in the area and both died in 1915 and were buried in Christchurch Downend.

Frederick enlisted in the 48th Australian Infantry in Perth, Australia on the 30th May 1916 and soon afterwards was mobilised to Flanders as part of the Australian Imperial Force. His battalion took part in various actions on the Western Front including The German Withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line and the Battle of Arras. Frederick died during the Battle of Messines (7–14 June 1917) which was a victory for the allies but at a cost of 24,500 casualties. Frederick’s body was never found and the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, where he is remembered, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died in Belgium and who have no known grave.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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