Category Archives: surname F

Private George Charles Flynn

Private George Charles Flynn  served in the 1stbattalion of the Scots Guards Regiment during the Boers’ War. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa with clasps Belfast, Orange Free State, Cape Colony. He is also entilted to the King South Africa with the clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902.

He was born in June of 1876 in Cork, United Kingdom

Trade : seaman     Religion : Roman Catholic   Hair : brown

Height : 5′ 8″    Weight : 150 lbs         Eyes : grey

He is not listed in the 1881 United Kingdom census.

June 11th, Served as escort for the guns in the Diamond Hill attack

Private George Charles Flynn enlistment papers

October 16th, 1899: The 1st Battalion Scots Guards was inspected at Chelsea Barracks

May 23rd, 1900 : He left for South Africa with the regiment

April 29th,1901 : They arrived back in Bloemfontein

May 12th: The regiment entered Kronstad

May 31st: The regiment entered Johannesburg

June 5th : The regiment entered Pretoria

June 11th : The battalion served as escort for the guns in the Diamond Hill attack

August 4th : Entered Middleburg

August 26th : Battle of Belfast

July 10th, 1902 : The battalion entered Bloemfontein for garrison duty until the end of the war

September 9th : Left Bloemfontein for Cape Town. Embarked on the Winifridian on September 13th and arrived in Southampton on October th

October 6th : They received their Queen South Africa medal from the hands of His Royal Highness

February 4th, 1903: He received the King South Africa medal

May 10th, 1910 : He left the army

Typical Boers War medals pair

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Nursing Sister Christina C. Frederickson

Nursing Sister Christina C. Frederickson served during WW1 in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. She is one of the few women who died while serving her country at war in the Canadian Army.  According to her military file she was never sent overseas and served only in Canada. Technically she was not entitled to the British War Medal but her Medals Card indicates that one of those was sent to her mother.

She was born on July 9th 1886 in Skagafjord, Iceland

She enlisted on January 10th 1918 in Edmonton, Alberta. She was employed and living at the Stratchona’s Military Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.

Height : 5′ 6″               Weight : 160 lbs.

She entered the Strathcona Military Hospital, Edmonton on October 24th, 1918. She was relieved of duty at noon.

She signed her last will on October 25th.

On October 28th her medical report give this information at 12:15 Pulse 128 to 136 – respiration 48 to 54 – cyanosis apparent

Died in the isolation section of the hospital on October 28th, 1918 at 5:30 p.m. at the age of 32. Primary cause of death, epidemic influenza. The immediate cause of death was bronco-pneumonia.

Her British War Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to her mother, G.S. Frederickson. The Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll were sent to her father, Frederick Frederickson Box 13 Glenboro Manitoba.

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Picture of Nursing Sister Frederickson gravestone

Picture source – Veteran Affairs Canada Website

Private Harold George Fricker

Private Harold George Fricker served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War One and in the military campaign of Iraq and North-West Persia following WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal, Victory Medal, the General Service Medal clasps North-West Persia and Irak and the Imperial Service Medal.

1901 census : Listed as living in Porstmouth

1911: United Kingdom census  Born in 1898, Hants Porstmouth, South Hampton, UK

Father: George James born in 1857              Mother Lilian Alice born in 1870

Sister: Linda May born in 1893                    Sister : Edna Lilian born in 1904

He served in WW1 in the Royal Army Medical Corps. His WW1 service file has been destroyed during the Blitz by the German’s bombs in WW2.

Private Harold George Fricker WW1 Medals Index Card 

He served in Iraq, the qualifying date for the clasp is from December 10th 1919 to November 17th 1920

He served in North-West Persia : qualifying date for the clasp is from August 10th and December 31st 1920.

Numbers of early General Service Medals clasps issued to Royal Army Medical Corps personnel dor th four campaigns that followed WW1. 811 RAMC members received the GSM 1918 with those early campaign clasps

clasp Iraq :   612                             clasp Kurdistan : 119

clasp North West Persia : 81        clasp South Persia : 14

–        592 of those individuals had some WW1 service, 526 were with the RAMC and 66 were with other units during WW1

–        Only 17 RAMC personnel qualified for two clasps of those ; 7 received the Iraq – North-West Persia combination (Fricker), 9 received the Iraq – Kurdistan combination, 1 deserted and never received the medal

–        There are no RAMC personel who received a three clasps General Service Medal 1918 for those early campaigns.
November 30th 1962: His Imperial Service Medal was published in the London Gazette and shown as a Skilled Labourer, Portsmouth (most certainly for his work at the Royal Navy Dockyards)

He had 3 service numbers 459519, 200149 and 7250551

His medals were sold at Dix Noonan in March 2007 as part of the collection of Colonel David Riddick Collection of Royal Army medical Corps.

1968: Died in Porstmouth last semester of the year

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His medals were sold at Dix Noonan in March 2007 as part of the collection of Colonel David Riddick Collection of Royal Army Medical Corps.

Private Charles Fleet

Private Charles Fleet served in the Army Hospital Corps during the Victorian era and in the 1885 Egypt Campaign. He is entitled to the Egypt 1882 Medal with the Nile 1884-85 clasp, the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Khedive’s Star. His enlistment number is 2133.

he was born in Bishop Waltham, Hants, United Kingdom on April 1845

He enlisted  for 12 years in the Royal Artillery at Portsmouth, England on December 6th, 1864 at 1:50 pm. (yes the exact time at which he enlisted is written on the form)

Trade : baker     Hair : brown    Single

1861 : United Kingdom census taken at 3 Down Cottage, Meon Stoke Hampshire

According to the census he was born in 1846

Father : William (labourer) born in 1786    Mother : Susan born in 1806        Brother : Henry born in 1836

January 1 1869 : Transferred to the 21st Brigade Artillery

August 9th : Married Charlotte Lanodys

1871 United Kingdom census taken at The Herbert Hospital Kidbrooke London . Listed as a servant but probably more an orderly since it was a military hospital

July 2nd 1873 : Promoted acting Corporal

August 1st : Transferred to the Army Hospital Corps

September 22nd, 1875 : Promoted 2nd  Corporal

I was unable to find trace of him and his family in the 1881 census

July 1st, 1883 : Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

August 1st, 1884 : Promoted Corporal

January 7th, 1885 : Began his service in Egypt.

January 4th 1886 : Back to England

February 2nd : Retired only one month after his return

1891 : United Kingdom census taken at 11th Kenne street, St Giles, Reading, Berkshire

According to the census he was born in 1845 and listed as prison warden

Wife : Charlotte born 1847      Daughter :  Emily (general servant) born 1878

Son : William jr (errand boy) born 1877 Daughter : Florence L. born 1887

March 1st, 1901 (census) : He is a prison warden in St Giles. Living at 3 Boult street in Reading, England with his wife Charlotte Fleet and his 14 years old daughter Florence L. Fleet

1920 : Died in Oxford (July- August- September)

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Warrant Officer class one William Denis Foran D.C.M.

William Denis Foran served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal, Victory Medal and the 1937 Coronation medal. His enlistment number was 32754.

He was born on September 4th, 1891 in Eardley, Quebec.

He enlisted in Valcartier Quebec on September 24th, 1914 in the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance.

Trade: Dominion Police        Religion: Roman Catholic

Height: 5’ 10”    Weight: 200 lbs.      Eyes: blue       Hair: fair

October 4th, 1914 : Sailed to United Kingdom on SS Megantic

February 10th, 1915: He embarked on the SS Archimedes and landed in France.

April 22nd: Promoted to the rank of Corporal.

April 23rd: Admitted to hospital for a sprained ankle and discharged on the 25th.

May 23rd: Admitted to hospital for laryngitis and discharged on the 30th.

June 10th : Promoted to the rank of Sergeant

April 26th, 1916: Transferred to the 1st Canadian Train Division

May 13th : Granted 9 days of leave. He was back on the 22nd.

November 26th: Promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Sergeant-Major)

June 14 th, 1917: Sent back to Canada at his own cost on compassionate grounds. He left for Canada on the SS Justicia on June 30th for 12 weeks. His leave was extended until February 1918. Usually soldiers did not get that kind of extended leave to Canada, it must have been very important.

April 13th, 1918: he was back in France with the 1st Canadian Train Division

He embarked on the H.M.T. Saturnia in Glasgow, United Kingdom on June 18th 1919. He arrived in Montreal, Quebec on June 28th.

June 3rd, 1919: He was awarded his Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette 31370). The citation for his medal is “For gallantry and devotion to duty. During the Cambrai operations in September 1918, when Haynecourt had been captured. An advanced dressing station was established there, and the village was being continually shelled. In order to relieve the congestion, he volunteered to guide the horse ambulance up (attached to the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance)”

He was discharged on June 30th in Ottawa, Ontario. His proposed address of residence was Aylmer, Quebec.

He moved to Ottawa sometime after his discharge.

He was a City Councillor for the city of Aylmer, Quebec from 1949 to 1953.

He died May 30th, 1969 and he is buried in St-Paul Cemetery in Aylmer (now Gatineau), Quebec.

He had a brother James Foran who served with the 29th battalion and received the Military Medal.

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Photo of Sergent-Major William D Foran

Sans titre

Pictures of William D Foran gravestones in St-Paul Cemetery. There are two mistakes on the first stone, his middle name initial is D and not O and his rank was Regimental-Sergeant-Major (RSM) and not Company-Sergeant-Major (CSM)

A second stone, flat on the groung at the foot of the first one, was made probably to correct the two mistakes.

Sergeant James Fitzgerald

Sergeant James Fitzgerald served in the Army Hospital Corps and the Medical Staff Corps during the South African campaign of 1877 and in the Egypt Campaign of 1885 in Suakin, Sudan. He is entitled to the South Africa 1877-79 Medal with no clasp, the Egypt 1882 Medal with the Suakin 1885 clasp, the Khedive’s Star and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His enlistment number is 3326.

Born in Kilkenny, Ireland on November 1857

Height : 5’6”       Eyes : blue        hair : black

Roman Catholic     marital status : single     Trade : Laborer

November 15th 1875 : Enlisted in Kilkenny Ireland in the 69th Brigade

James Fitzgerald enlistment paper (page 1)

James Fitzgerald enlistment paper (page 2)

May 13th, 1876 : Appointed lance-corporal

February 15th, 1877 : Transferred to the Army Hospital Corps but reverted to the rank of Private.

February 20th, 1879 : Arrived in South Africa

August 10th, 1881 : Appointed Lance-Corporal and 2nd Corporal on August 30th

December 5th : Left South Africa

July 9th, 1882 : Married Rebecca Grace

May 12th, 1883 : Promoted Corporal

January 1st, 1885 : Arrived in Egypt

April 1st : Left Egypt

October 26th, 1887 : Transferred to the Army medical Staff with the rank of Corporal

November 16th : Entitled to the Good Conduct Pay

February 1st, 1888 : Promoted to the rank of Sergeant

November 16th, 1891 : Entitled to the Good Conduct Pay

April 1st, 1894 : Received his Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal

June 23rd, 1895 : Promoted to the rank of 2nd Class Staff Sergeant

November 16th, 1896 : Discharged

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Nursing Sister Minnie Asenath Follette

Nursing Sister Minnie Asenath Follette served as a Nursing Sister in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

She was born on November 11th, 1884 in Port Greville, Cumberland County, Canada.

Height : 5’5″              Weight : 125 lbs        Religion : Church of England

She enlisted in then Nursing Sister Army Corps (Permanent Forces) on November 11th, 1911

She enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces on September 25th, 1914 in Quebec, Quebec and posted with the 1st Canadian Casualty Station.

She sailed from Quebec City on September 22nd.

She was diagnosed with a nervous exhaustion on April 8th, 1916. She got two months of rest.

On June 5th she was not capable to return to her duties.

She was hospitalised at the 3rd Canadian General Hospital from bronchitis from march 22nd to April 6th, 1917.

Posted on the HMS Letitia on August 2nd.

Posted at the Ontario Military Hospital on October 5th.

Posted on the Llandovery Castle (Hospital ship) March 22nd, 1918.

She drowned in the sinking of the Llandovery Castle on June 27th at the age of 33.

Her medals (1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal), Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to her father Oscar A. Follette

Her Memorial Cross was sent to her mother Lydia Follette

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Private John Reginald Finlay

Enlistment number # 2005028
Born on July 28th, 1890 in Darmouth, Nova Scotia
Trade : Stenographer                        Religion : Church of England
Civil status : Single                             Height  : 5′ 5″
Eyes : Brown                                         Hair : Hazel
Weight  : 130 lbs.                                Address : Prince Albert Road, Darmouth Nova Scotia

Information form the 1901 Canadian census taken Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Father : John Findlay born January 10 1855
Mother : Barbara Findlay Barbra born August 30 1857
According to the information in the census, he was born July 28, 1889

Enlisted in Halifax in the Canadian Army Medical Corps Reinforcement depot on December 28th, 1916.

Sailed from Halifax on the SS Missanabe or SS Lapland on March 28th, 1917. Arrived in Liverpool, England on April 7th, 1917. His WW1 file state two different ship for his trip to England.

Posted with the 4th Canadian Field Ambulance

Attached to the 27th battalion on September 7th, 1917.

Received a 14 days permission on March 6th, 1918.

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Field Ambulance on September 22nd, 1918.

Transferred to the 4th Canadian General Hospital on March 2nd, 1919.

Transferred to the 13th Canadian General Hospital on May 20th, 1919.

Sailed from England on H.M.S. Olympic on June 6th, 1919

Demobilised on June 16th, 1919.

Nursing Sister Mary Flint

Nursing Sister Mary Flint served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory medal.

Born on September 8th, 1886 in Toronto, Canada
Trade: nurse            Religion: Church of England        Status: Single
Height: 5′ 8″           Eyes: blue                            Hair: fair
Name of her mother : Mrs. Charles Flint Address : 946 McMillan ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sailed from Canada on May 1st (MO 267) 1915. She was part of the reinforcing draft. There is no note to that effect in her file but she was part of  the same contingent as Mary Catherine English and Florence Adelaïde Leamy who sailed on that date according to their file.

May 12th: She signed her enlistment paper in London, England (Kingslay Hotel 34 Victoria Street) but she enlisted in Canada at an earlier date. She was serving with the Active Militia

June 6th: Posted with the 1st Canadian General Hospital and arrived at the hospital on the 12th

Excerpt from The Diary of Clare Gass 1915-1918 “July 12th : Went with Ruth to Paris Plage and rode our bicycles home. A letter from Gerald tonight dated July 9th. Moved over hill today to a hut with Miss Flint and Mrs Giffin. Ruth is in with the night nurses. Miss Flint is sweet, when arrived bag and baggage into her tent she said by way and welcome “This castle is yours and I mean it“”
She is also mentioned in this war diary on July 15th and 19th

November 18th : 10 days leave. Returned from leave on November 29th.

June 4th, 1916: 14 days leave. Permitted to resigned on June 18th while on leave to marry Dr R. B Acker

July 10th: Struck of strength of the 1st Canadian General Hospital (log book)

July 21st : Sailed to Canada

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