(Frederick) John Game

Name

(Frederick) John Game

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/11/1918
22

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
201221
Bedfordshire Regiment
4th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY
1 C.29
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Harpenden Town Memorial Holy Trinity Church Memorial, Weston North Mymms War Memorial St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, North Mymms North Mymms Memorial Hall Memorial, Welham Green

Pre War

Born in Weston, son of John and Jane Game. Baptised in Weston on 21 July 1895. From the 1911 census we see Fred John was living in Bell Bar with parents John, age 44, a farm labourer mother Jane, age 38. They had been married 17 years and had 5 children, 1 of whom had died. His siblings were Jane, age 13, Rhoda, age 11, and Florence Daisy, age 9. All scholars. The house had 3 rooms. All were born in Weston Herts. Frederock was working as a farm labourer, doing on odd jobs on a farm. Later lived in Harpenden.

Enlisted in North Mimms, Herts.

Wartime Service

The Parish Magazine tells us that Frederick enlisted in September 1914 and went to the front in March 1915. In August 1915 he was recorded as sick in Hospital with scarlet fever and he returned home on leave not looking well. In January 1916 he left for Egypt where, in June 1916, he wrotes home saying “that he finds the sands of the desert rather trying after the green fields of old England, the heat is oppressive”. In June 1917 he was again home on leave looking thinner and gave an account of a brush with Arabs. He returned to Palestine and then went to France where he was wounded in the forehead and gassed 2 hours before the Armistice; he died two days later in Hospital in France. The War Diary for the 11th states Harmignies was captured and entered at 0100 hours, so they were still fighting 1 hour before the Armistice.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £24. 10s awarded to father John. N,B. listed on memorial as J Game and with incorrect date of death.

Acknowledgments

Mike Allen, Peter Handy, Brenda Palmer