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Corporal Frederick Charles BALDERSON MM

Royal Army Service Corps 14th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment 31303

Fred was born on 28 August 1894, the son of John Balderson, a labourer in the ironstone quarries, and his wife Julia. The Baldersons were a long-established family in Spratton. He was the older brother of Bertie Balderson and the family lived in School Road, Spratton.

He volunteered as soon as war was declared in August 1914 and served first in the Royal Army Service Corps before being transferred to the Gloucestershire Regiment. He fought at Arras, Vimy Ridge, Messines and Ypres and received the Military Medal for bravery in battle. Early in October 1917 while home on leave he took his medal into the village primary school to show the schoolmaster, Mr Harry Smith. He returned to France and was killed later that same month in Houthuist Forest, near Ypres, in the second battle of Passchendaele. He has no known grave, but is remembered at the Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres, where his name is engraved on Panel 72. He is also remembered on the Spratton War Memorial.

He holds the Military Medal, the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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Where he lived in Spratton

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Part of Panel 72 at the Tyne Cot memorial near Ypres showing the name of F C Balderson MM
Part of Panel 72 at the Tyne Cot memorial near Ypres showing the name of F C Balderson MM
Part of Panel 72 at the Tyne Cot memorial near Ypres showing the name of F C Balderson MM
Part of Panel 72 at the Tyne Cot memorial near Ypres showing the name of F C Balderson MM
Military Medal
Military Medal
Military Medal
Military Medal

MEN WHO SERVED

ADNITT
ARCHER
ARTHUR
AUSTIN
BALDERSON
BALDWIN
BATTAMS
BILLING
BLAKESLEY
BLUNDELL
BOWERS
BRANSON
BROWN
BUCKBY
BUSWELL
CAPON
CATTELL
CLARKE
COOKE
COPSON
CRANE
DICKENS
DICKERSON
DUNKLEY
ELDRED
ELSDALE
ERSKINE
FOWLES
FRANKLIN
FRISBY
GAMMAGE
GIST
GOODEN
GOODWIN
GREEN
HAYTER
HIDER
HIGGS
HOBLEY
HODGE(S)
HODSON
HORNE
HUNT
JOHNSON
JUDD
KENCH
KNIGHT
KNIGHTALL
LEATHERLAND
LEESON
LEONARD
LETTS
LIVESEY
MAINS
MANNING
MANNINGHAM-BULLER
MARTIN
MASON
MIDDLETON (WYKES)
NORMAN
PAGE
PASSEY
PATEMAN
PAYNE
PHEASANT
POWELL
REEVE
RHODES-MOORHOUSE
RICHARDSON
SMITH
SNEDKER
SPEECHLEY
STEVENS
TARPLEY
TARRANT
TAYLOR
THORNTON
TIRRELL
TITE
TREDWELL
TURLAND
VINEY
VOKE
WADHAMS
WARD
WARWICKS
WHATTON
WOOD
WYKES
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