Village memories: Little Marlow Church (picture from SWOP website)
PRIVATE/9980 ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT/2ND BATTALION DIED OF WOUNDS IN FLANDERS FRANCE ON 26 JAN 1915 AGED 23YRS.
BURIED IN THE MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY IN NORD, FRANCE. GRAVE REF. I.K.7
Frederick Rogers was born on 15th November 1891 in Coldmoorholm, Little Marlow in Buckinghamshire. He was the second youngest son of Albert and Elizabeth . His father was a farm worker and they lived at Pigeon House Farm in Sheepridge Lane, Little Marlow. Frederick had three older brothers, William, Frank, and Albert and a younger brother Owen.
In 1911 Frederick trained as a regular soldier with the Royal Berkshire Regiment at Reading. He was sent to India but the Battalion was recalled in 1914 to march with the 8th Division to Southampton where they embarked on SS Kingstonian bound for Le Havre.
The 2nd Battalion were billeted at Merville in November 1914 and three days later they took up positions to hold the line in the trenches at Fauquissart. After a respite they once again returned to the front line. The trenches were primitive, uncomfortable, flooded and dangerous. Casualties from sniper fire continued to mount as they tried to shore up their defences. By the end of December 1914 thirteen men had been killed. Sadly one of these men was Frederick who died of his wounds on 26th January 1915.
Frederick’s brothers Albert, Owen and William all died in WW1 and are also remembered on the Little Marlow War Memorial.