Born: 1893, Ipswich.

Died: 13th January 1918; age 24; Died of Wounds – Ipswich Hospital – from Gun Shot Would to left lung – received at Neuve Chapelle on the 11th March 1915. Served 8 years & 9 days.

Residence: St. John’s Children’s Home, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Date: 13th April 1908; age 15 years; Religion: CofE. Height: 4ft 10 ins, sallow complexion, brown eyes & dark brown hair. Next of Kin: Brother – Thomas Fordham – 2nd Rifle Brigade, Shahjahanpore, India.

Service: Fort William, Calcutta, India – 16th December 1909. Attained 18 years old – 28th March 1911. Darjeeling – 22nd November 1911. Served 6 years – India. 5 months – France – 5th November 1914 – 28th March 1915.


Offence: In arrest 5th July 1912, convicted by civil power of an offence under section 380 I.P.C. and sentenced to 3 months simple imprisonment. Sentenced expired 1st November 1912.

In arrest 4th March 1913, convicted by civil power of an offence under section 406 I.P.C. and sentenced to 3 months rigorous imprisonment, of which 7 weeks shall be in solitary confinement and fined Rs 24/- or in default 1 months further rigorous imprisonment. Returned to duty from 16th August 1913.


Discharged: 21st April 1916 – aged 23 years – Gun Shot Wound to left lung – Haemoptysis & losing weight – total Disablement – Future is Grave. Character on discharge – Good.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 2775

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, ‘F’ Coy, 5th Battalion.

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star & Silver War Badge.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Abraham & Charlotte Fordham.




1901   3, Turret Buildings, Turret Lane, Ipswich.


Frederick was 8 years old and living with his widowed father & sisters. The family were boarders at the home of James & Maud Rundle.

Abraham Fordham, 47, a General Carman, born Bradfield, Essex.

Louisa Fordham, 15, a Domestic Servant, born Ipswich.

Rose Fordham, 12, born Ipswich.


Frederick’s mother Charlotte Fordham (nee Clarke) was born April 1852, Mistley, Essex – died August 1898, 9, Turret Buildings, Ipswich. His father Abraham Fordham died, 1904, Union Workhouse, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.


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