Frederick George Maggs

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           5566

Unit:                     1st/4th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

Frederick was born in St George, Bristol in 1892.  He was the 3rd child of Samuel & Elizabeth Maggs. In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings at Poplar House, Speedwell Road, Bristol his father was a market gardener. At the time of the 1911 census Fred was an assistant at the market garden.

1st/4th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment was a Territorial unit formed August 1914 in Reading under command of South Midland Brigade in South Midland Division. They moved on mobilisation to Chelmsford. On 31 March 1915 landed at Boulogne. On 15 May 1915 the formation became the 145th Brigade in 48th (South Midland) Division. By 3 April the Division had concentrated near Cassel. The Division took part in the following engagements:1916 The Battle of Albert* The Division held the line between the 56th (London) and the 31st Divisions, both of which were heavily engaged at Gommecourt and Serre respectively on 1 July 1916. Two of the Warwickshire battalions of the Division attacked on that day and suffered heavy casualties in assaulting the Quadrilateral (Heidenkopf)).The Battle of Bazentin Ridge* in which the Division captured Ovillers .The Battle of Mouquet Farm, also known as the Fighting for Mouquet Farm was part of the Battle of the Somme and took place as part of the Battle of Pozières (23 July – 3 September). The Fighting for Mouquet Farm began on 10 August with attacks by the I Anzac Corps and it was captured by the 3rd Canadian Division of the Canadian Corps on 16 September. The farm was lost to a German counter-attack, before being re-captured on 26 September, during an attack by the 11th (Northern) Division as part of the Battle of Thiepval Ridge (26–28 September), in which No. 16 Section of the 6th East Yorkshire (Pioneers), smoked out the last German defenders. The Battle of the Ancre Heights* .The Battle of the Ancre*

* the battles marked * are phases of the Battles of the Somme 1916

Frederick was killed in action on 14th August 1916. He is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11D

 

Image by Doug Crew

Frederick was awarded The British War Medal &  The Victory Medal.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

The Long, Long Trail

wikipedia

1901 & 1911 census