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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Frederick Brian Arthur Last Name: FARGUS
Date of Death: 01/01/1915 Lived/Born In: South Kensington
Rank: Lieutenant Unit: London9
Memorial Site: Menin Gate, Ypres

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169, Queen's Gate, South Kensington


The 9th London battalion, arrived in France on 5th November 1914 and joined 13 Brigade, 5th Division. On 3oth December they went into the front line trenches at Wulverghem, just south of Messines. The trenches here were close to the River Douvre and consequently were often flooded and up to the men’s waists in places. On the morning of 1st January, 1915 German shells hit a barn next to a farmhouse where two platoons were in reserve, killing 11 of them and wounding a further 36. Not a good start to the new year. On the same day Frederick Fargus, the machine gun officer, was killed by a sniper’s bullet. The History of the battalion states that he lived in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site gives his  address as South Kensington.

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