Remembered with honour Vadencourt British Cemetery: Plot III, Row A, Grave 46.
He enlisted in Watford; was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, Fred’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a Death announcement for Fred in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 23 November 1918.
Son of the late John Jeremiah and Elizabeth Kezia(h) (nee HOSIER, otherwise CARTER) FRIEND.
His parents married 14 March 1875 at Holy Cross, Sarratt, Herts. John died 25 June 1897 in Sarratt aged 59, and was buried 27 June at Holy Cross; Elizabeth died 23 August 1901 in Sarratt aged 59, and was buried 27 August, also at Holy Cross.
Fred was born 6 June 1884 in Sarratt, and baptised 5 April 1891 at Holy Cross, Sarratt.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 6, he lived in Sarratt, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1901 Census, a grocer’s assistant aged 16, he still lived in Sarratt, with his widowed mother and one sibling. On the 1911 Census, an assistant in the business, he still lived in Sarratt, with his two siblings. [this census sheet is a mess, so hard to read some of the information]
Date of death1918/09/18
Age at death34
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)