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Frederick Ginger was born around 1893 in Flamstead, Hertfordshire. His parents were John Ginger and Clara May Flitton (formerly Ginger). On the 1901 census, his father was working as a general farm labourer, and his stepmother, Rebecca was in business sewing straw hats at home.

Frederick had one older, and one younger sister, Martha (c1891) and Emma (c1900); and two younger brothers named George (c1895) and William (c1897). It is not known whether the younger siblings are full blood, or step-brother/sisters. In 1901 the family were living at Pye Corner, Flamsteam.

Frederick traveled to Watford, and enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment (service number 30626), before being transferred to the 1/4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

It is not known exactly when he sailed for France, but it was sometime after 1st January 1916.

Frederick was killed in action on 31st July 1917, the first day of the Battle of Ypres. That morning, at 03:30 hrs the British opened up a heavy artillery barrage on the enemy. Later, the 1/4th Bn, part of 164th Brigade were tasked to seize and secure Gheluvelt-Langemarck line.

Mid-way into their advance towards the objective, casualties began to get particularly heavy, owing to enemy sniper, machine-gun fire and shelling from two sides. A number of Officers had also been killed. The Battalion continued to push forward and succeeded in securing their objective by 11:40 hrs.

The line was held up until around 14:30 hrs, until the enemy successfully counter-attacked and forced the Brigade to fall back.

Casulaties had been high, just over fifty men from 1/4th Bn killed; and another 250 wounded or missing during the attack this day.

Rank: Private
Service No: 35072
Date of Death: 31/07/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Panel 41 and 43.

His youngest brother William had been killed with the Bedfordshire Regiment on 12 October 1916. 

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 18144
Date of Death: 12/10/1916
Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment, 2nd Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 2 C.

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