DIVISIONAL UNIT: Canadian Expeditionary Force 33rd Battalion - London Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 400574
DATE OF BIRTH: December 6, 1875 - Birmingham - Warwickshire - England
DATE OF DEATH: May 5, 1922 46 years 5 months
CEMETERY: Wingham Public Cemetery - Wingham - Ontario
WIFE: Mrs. Florence Aldington
DAUGHTERS: Florence, Iva and Ada
Enlistment: January 21, 1915 - 39 years 1 month - into 33rd Battalion
Personal: Height 5' 9", Weight 158 pounds, Dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.
Fred served for 7 years with the King Shropshire Light Infantry while he resided in England.
Fred, his wife Florence and their three daughters departed from Liverpool for Canada on May 7, 1910, arrived in Quebec and then made their way to Wingham. The family lived on Maple Street and Fred was employed as a blacksmith.
Fred then went to Clinton on January 21, 1915 and enlisted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force - 33rd Battalion out of London.
While he was in training he was exposed to cold and damp conditions. On December 22, 1915, he was sent for 6 months of treatment as by now he had asthma and was living with daily attacks. He was in hospital from December 10th until January 24, 1916 but at that time he was still unable to leave hospital and he stayed in the hospital another 58 days until March 22, 1916.
Then in the fall he was again in the hospital for 8 days. At this point he was assigned to No. 1 Special Service Company and was discharged from the service of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on December 4, 1916 for medical reasons.
He now had tuberculosis. His weight had dropped 18 pounds. His last pay amounted to $62.40.
He was again admitted into hospital in April of 1917. Fred then travelled to London and enlisted a second time on September 6, 1917. He was assigned to No. 1 Special Service Company. He served until July 11, 1918 when he was again discharged for medical reasons.
At that time he asked the military and the government for a pension because he had contacted the illness while in training. His request was granted. His last pay certificate was $87.10.
It is felt that this man should be honoured and remembered.