On the outbreak of war, as an experienced soldier Frederick
travelled to Bedford, Beds to enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment, posted to
the 2nd Battalion, with the service number 9351. The 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment was stationed in
Southampton having just returned from South Africa in September 1914, they were
refitting for European Warfare.
Frederick now with the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment,
they left Southampton on 5th October 1914, aboard the “S.S. Winifredian”
stopping off in Dover for supplies, landing at Zeebrugge, Belgium, on the
morning of 7th October 1914.
The Battalion first saw action on 18th October 1914, around
the 10Km marker stone, on the Ypres- Menin Road.
It is not known when Frederick was transferred to the
1st/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment, with the new service number 37167.
Frederick was Killed in Action on Sunday 25th November 1917.
He is buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel, and Palestine. The inscription
on his Headstone reads “God be with you till we all meet again”. (Requested by his father).
His elder brother Private 7324 William Hart of the East
Surrey Regiment was killed in action on 21st July 1916.
His parents moved to 2 Garden Terrace, Watford Heath,
Watford, after his death.
He is remembered with honour at Ramleh War Cemetery in Palestine.
And commemorated with his brother William Hart, on the memorial at St Matthew’s
The 1st/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment saw action in
Gallipoli. They were evacuated and moved to Mudros on the Greek Island of Lemnos
on 4th December 1915.
They arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, on 17th December 1915,
remaining in Egypt/Palestine throughout the remainder of the war.