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.
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.
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boar War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.