Fred Fern

Driver

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Photos courtesy Joan Haynes

Fred Fern

 

Photo of Fred Fern in WW1

Fred in best uniform

Photocard of Fred Fern in WW1
Photo card from Fred Fern in WW1

Card from Fred to Sarah Ellen (Nellie) Flint

Card from Fred Fern in WW1
Card from Fred Fern in WW1

Christmas card to Fred's parents 1917

Fred Fern and wife in WW1

Fred Fern with Sarah Ellen Flint whom he married in 1923

 

1918 Voters List, Crich
Fred Fern, Robin Hood; absent on military service

Medal Roll Index Card
Fred was awarded the Victory, British and 15-Sar medals .
He entered France 26 December 1915 .

Newspaper Report

Belper News 2 November 1917
CASUALTIES
Mr and Mrs John Fern, of Robin Hood Whatstandwell, have been informed that their eldest son Pte Fred Fern of the R.F.A, has been severely wounded in action in France. He is 22 years of age, and previous to enlisting in October, 1915, he was in the employment of Messrs Yelverton Dawbarn Bros., of Whatstandwell.

Notes
Fred was born in Bonsall in about 1898; his parents were John and Elizabeth Fern. In some records their name is spelt Fearn. John’s father was a ganger on the railway. Fred was untruthful about his age and joined the Royal Field Artillery when aged seventeen. He was posted to France in December 1915 and was wounded during his service but was able to return to his unit after treatment.

After the war Fred worked as a joiner and in 1923 he married Sarah Ellen Flint whom he called “Nellie”. He was secretary to Whatstandwell Football Club.

Whatstandwell Football Club 1923

Fred Fern is on the extreme right of this photograph.

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Bonsall

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Fern Head 39 Foreman rail layer Bonsall
Elizabeth   wife 32   Wales
Fred   son 3   Bonsall
John Henry   son 10 mo   Bonsall

RG13 piece 3269 folio 17 page 26

1911: Robin Hood, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Fern Head 49 Ganger on railway Bonsall
Elizabeth   wife 42    
Fred   son 13   Bonsall
John Henry   son 10   Bonsall

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