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MUGGRIDGE, Frederick John


Name: Gordon Road School Triptych Tinkers Lane, Windsor
NIWM Ref: 3864
RBWM Ref: WM118
Name: Gordon Road School Triptych Tinkers Lane, Windsor
NIWM Ref: 3864
RBWM Ref: WM118
Name: Maidenhead St. Ives Road, Maidenhead
NIWM Ref: 7882
RBWM Ref: WM119
Name: High Street Methodist Church WW1 Plaque High Street, Maidenhead
NIWM Ref: 3861
RBWM Ref: WM133

Person Details

Date of birth: 19/05/1896
Place of birth: Maidenhead
Gender: Male
Date of death: 14/08/1916
Place of death: Somme, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 20
CWGC Ref: 1546369
TWGPP Ref: 114306
Address: 3 York Road Maidenhead
Address: 1 Apsley Cottages Lower Road Cookham Rise Cookham

Military details

Joined: Volunteered
Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2951


Father William E A MUGGRIDGE
Mother Margaret MUGGRIDGE
Sister Gwenllyan Mary MUGGRIDGE
Brother Percival George MUGGRIDGE

Additional information

Frederick Muggridge was born between April and June 1896, the first child of Londoner William Muggridge and his Welsh wife Margaret who came from Merthyr Tydfil. Two siblings followed - Gwenllyan Mary born around 1901 and Percy George, five years later. Frederick's birth was registered in Maidenhead and he attended Gordon Road School, in Maidenhead. In the census of 1911 he is still in the town living at 3, York Road, with his father then a Grocer's Manager. Frederick became a hairdresser's apprentice, presumably working in Maidenhead. By the time of Frederick's death in 1916, his parents had moved to Cookham village and were living in 1, Apsley Cottages in Lower Road, Cookham, and his father was the manager of a Budgens store there. Frederick is included in the book, 'We Will Remember Them; The Sons of Cookham who died in the First World War' compiled by the Cookham Researchers published in 2018.
Frederick joined the 1st/4th Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment and fought in France. August 1916 was some way into the Battle of the Somme, which continued until November that year. On the day on which we are told that Frederick died there does not appear to have been any major attack. The Regimental Diary states that the Battalion early that day moved forward to engage in a counter attack - another regiment having had to abandon an area (the 6th Avenue) the previous night near Orvillers. The Royal Berks were, in turn, relieved by early in the afternoon with only one casualty reported - an officer wounded. Frederick's body was not recovered so it is possible he was killed earlier but the death only reported on 14th August. He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, Pier and Face 11D.


Activity for 1st/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment near Ovillers.

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