On this day in 1916, Frederick George Mogford (1885-1916) died in hospital in France after receiving severe gunshot wounds to his back in fierce fighting in Ginchy.
Frederick, a lance-sergeant in the 9th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, was 31.
A gardener, he went to the Western Front on July 27, 1915. He was married and had five children.
The Western Times reported on September 19, 1916 that he had been shot.
A week later, the newspaper reported that his wife, Florence, had been ‘notified that her husband has died of wounds. Much sympathy is extended to her and her five children’.
His death was officially reported on October 14, 1916 in a Roll of Honour in The Western Times.
He was buried at Etaples Cemetery in France. The inscription on his grave includes the words – from his wife – ‘Till we meet again.’
He is also remembered at the Tiverton Memorial Library and Hall.
Frederick, born in 1885 in Bournemouth, was the son of Thomas and Thomasina Mogford. He married Florence Cosway (1887-1922) on January 31, 1906 in Wellington, Somerset. In 1911, he and Florence lived at 6, Water Lane, Tiverton. Florence, who lived at 6, Steer Cottages, Tiverton when Frederick died, was born in 1887 in Tiverton. She died on June 30, 1922 at Tiverton Hospital, aged 35. At the time of her death, she resided at 9, Angel Hill, Tiverton.
Frederick’s son, Thomas Henry Mogford (1910-1982) – who was just six when his father died – married Irene Ellen Chilcott (1909-1964) in 1936 in Tiverton. Irene was the daughter of Frank Charles Chilcott (1881-1949) – who served in the Army Service Corps and Labour Corps in the Great War – and Annie Elizabeth Cruwys (1884-1966). Annie was the daughter of John Cruwys (1860-1919) and Sarah Chown (1851-1921). Sarah was the daughter of William Chown (1805-1879) and Elizabeth Squire (1810-1889). Elizabeth’s sister, Charlotte Squire (1820-1901) married William Tancock (1825-1887) in 1851 in Tiverton. William was the father of Sarah Tancock (1851-1900), who married Daniel Arscott (1857-1922) on October 17, 1877 at Tristram Chapel, Puddington. Daniel was my great-grandfather.
Etaples Cemetery where Frederick was buried. Picture believed to be by Pir6mon.