Frederick Oliver

Village memories: Loudwater (picture from SWOP website)

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Private 220278 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action on 6th November 1917 aged 19
Remembered with Honour on Tyne Cot Memorial
Grave reference Panel 105 to 106 & 162

Frederick was born in High Wycombe to Harry and Alice in July 1899. By 1911 he was living in Station Road, Loudwater, aged 12 as part of a large family with two brothers and three sisters all younger than him. Father Harry was a stoker at Fords Blotting Mill in Loudwater and a relative living with the family, Rupert Oliver, was listed as a Baker.
By lying about his age he enlisted in the Bucks Territorials 266388 in May 1915 and after training at Burnham, Somerset, was sent to France where he remained for 11 months. His age was discovered and he was sent home to Aylesbury and after further training he joined the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry as Private 3780 at Catterick Camp, Yorkshire. On his 19th birthday he was sent back to the front and after serving with the Battalion for some time was transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Not long after Private Oliver was killed in action in Flanders on 6th November 1917 aged 19.
In his obituary in the Bucks Free Press dated 21st December 1917 it was reported that before enlisting Frederick had been employed at Wycombe Marsh Paper Mill where he was held in high esteem. He was a much respected young man, beloved by all who knew him in the village. Frederick is remembered with honour at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

Additional information taken from the Buckinghamshire Remembers website:

Name Frederick H OLIVER
Rank/Number Private 220278
Regiment Royal Berkshire Regiment 6th Battalion
Enlisted Aylesbury
Age/Date of death ... 06 Nov 1917
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action France & Flanders
Last known address Loudwater
Cemetery Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave or Memorial Reference Panel 105 to 106 & 162
Location of memorial Loudwater
Date/Place of birth
Date/Place of baptism
Pre-war occupation of Casualty
Parent's occupation
Parents’ Address (last known)
Wife’s Address (last known)
Notes formerly 266388 & 3780 OBLI

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