Oliver Fred Field

Name

Oliver Fred Field

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

10/07/1916
23

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
12845
Bedfordshire Regiment
6th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Pier and Face 2C
France

UK Memorials

Holy Trinity Church Memorial, Weston

Pre War

Born in 4 April 1893 in Weston, Herts to George and Cornelia Field of Fore Street, Weston, Herts Baptised in Weston on 21 May 1893. 1911 Census: living with family in Weston, Nr Stevenage, Herts and working as a domestic gardener.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Hitchin in the first month of the war. During the First Battle of the Somme, he was killed by a shell and died instantly. He was buried on the battlefield the same day (according to a letter sent by his friend, Corporal Turner).

Additional Information

Oliver's brother Alec also joined up and was gassed in Flanders, but recovered and served in Egypt. Eldest brother George was a Petty Officer in the Navy and was lucky to survive when his ship, HMS Bedford, sank off China. Another brother, Frank, was in t

Acknowledgments

Peter Handy, Brenda Palmer