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Chambers, Freddie

Rank : Private

Army Number : 240850

Unit : 1/5th Bn

Biography :

Enlisted at Oakham, Rutland. Served with the 1/5th Bn in World War One. Killed in action 15.8.1917, aged 30. Buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France.

"The following morning [August 15th] we paraded at 10 a.m., and marched through Vermelles to Lone Trench and Tenth Avenue, where we were to wait until it was time to assemble. On the way, "B" Company had a serious disaster. A shell, intended for one of our batteries West of Vermelles, fell on the Company as they were passing the Mansion House Dump. They were marching in fours and had practically a whole platoon wiped out, for eleven were killed and fourteen wounded. Amongst the killed was Freddie Chambers, self-appointed Company humorist, and one of the best known and most cheerful soldiers in the Battalion."

Excerpt from Chapter 12, The Fifth Leicestershire. A record of the 1/5th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment, T.F., during the War, 1914-1919. By Captain J.D. HILLS, M.C., Croix de Guerre.

Some information from a private source.

Date of Death : 15.8.1917

Place of Death : France

Period of Service : 1910s

Conflicts : WW1

Places Served : France

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