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Boughton, Dunkirk & Hernhill
War Memorials



FREDERICK EVE

Guardsman    12488

2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards


who died on 17 December 1916     Age 28


Frederick Eve was the son of Mr and Mrs Eve of Boughton, and the husband of Ellen Eve, of Rochester.

He was the father of the late Freddie Eve, who is still remembered in the village for arranging dances, at the George Hotel and at the Locarno Hall, which was just off The Street.


Frederick Eve is remembered with honour at Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, Somme, France, where his grave reference number is 1.J.10.  He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.


Frederick first enlisted in the Grenadier Guards in Canterbury in December 1905 for a three year service, which would be followed by nine years in the Reserve. Hence he was one of the first to be recalled to the colours at the outbreak of the First World War. On his attestation papers he gave his age as 18, and his occupation was Farm Labourer. After his three years service, he joined Rochester Police.


On the outbreak of war he was called to rejoin the Colours, and within a very short period was sent to the Front, and had a very narrow escape.  He was shot in the right hand, sustained a slight wound in the hip, and a bullet passed through his hat.   He was sent back to England, and on recovering from his wounds was engaged for 12 months as instructor.


In October 1915, he returned to the Front and was expected home on Christmas leave. He was killed on the Somme in December 1916 buried at Sailly-Saillisel cemetery. He is also remembered with honour at the Boughton War Memorial at St Barnabas.

We are very fortunate in having so much original material, with information about Frederick Eve, reproduced here by kind permission of the late Mrs Connie Eve, widow of his son Freddie, and as supplied by the Guards Museum in London, where this material is now lodged. All this is contained in the following supplementary pages - click on the links to open these in a new window:


They include:

  1. Frederick Eve’s original letters and postcards to his family while waiting to go abroad;
  2. Photographs of Frederick as a Police Constable in Rochester, on parade and with comrades at the Front;
  3. Newspaper tributes and an account of his Chief Constable’s and his widow’s visit to his grave after the war;
  4. Memorial and Greetings cards;
  5. Official notification of his death;
  6. Original letters from from a comrade and from his Commanding Officer, including an account of his efforts to retrieve Frederick’s personal effects.
  1. Service and unit records including his enlistment papers and extracts from the Battalion War Diary.


Sources:

National Archives in association with Ancestry.com.  1911 England census database.

British Army WWI Records

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org

Guards Museum records


Photos - Owen

Sue Owen presenting Frederick Eve’s records and letters to the Guards Museum on behalf of the late Connie Eve.

Sailly-Saillisel cemetery now contains 771 burials and commemorations of the First World War. was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated positions chiefly south and east of the village and from other small burial grounds including CHARING CROSS CEMETERY, Sailly-Saillisel, 800 metres to the South-West whichwas made by fighting units in December 1916 -March 1917; and it contained the graves of 46 soldiers from the United Kingdom, of whom 34 belonged to the Foot Guards. Also HEBULE MILITARY CEMETERY, Sailly-Saillisel, on the South side of the road to Morval, named from a quarry close by. This was also made by fighting units in December 1916-1917 and contained the graves of 30 soldiers from the United Kingdom, of whom 28 belonged to the Foot Guards.

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