|1. Memorial:||Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Flanders||Panel 54|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.122|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||25A GQS|
Awards & Titles:
Family :Son of Henry Robert and Helen Mary Fargus, of 169, Queen's Gate, London.
Education & Career :
A Solicitor. Member of firm of Messrs. Clayton, Sons and Fargus, 10, Lancaster Place, Strand.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: 9th London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)|
1/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles) August 1914 : at 56 Davies Street. Part of 3rd London Brigade, 1st London Division. Moved on mobilisation to Bullswater, going on in September to Crowborough. 5 November 1914 : left Division and landed at Le Havre. 27 November 1914 : came under command of 13th Brigade in 5th Division. 10 February 1916 : transferred to 169th Brigade in 56th (London) Division. 1 February 1918 : transferred to 175th Brigade in 58th (2/1st London) Division, absorbed the disbanded 2/9th Bn and renamed 9th Bn.
|Action : Winter Operations 1914-1915|
23 November 1914 - 6 February 1915. As the armies of 1914 fought themselves to exhaustion they settled down by the end of the year to the realities of static trench warfare. During the winter, activity was mostly comprised of a series of small scale raids and attempts by the BEF to gain superiority over the battlefront. At the same time increasing numbers of Territorial battalions and replacements for the Regular battalions came into theatre and had to be trained and acclimatised to trench occupation. This period was further noted for the severity of the weather and the need to rapidly source and equip the troops with adequate winter and waterproof equipment, whilst improving the trench conditions. Miserable times.
Frederick FARGUS was listed between 1907 to 1908 as a Private in the OTC Volunteers. Addresses given:34 Waldegrave Park, Twickenham and Milton House, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. He was a 2nd Lt in the Cadet Corps at Rugby School and in the Inns of Court Mounted Infantry Regiment.
The Middlesex Chronicle of 16th January 1915 records of Frederick: "Lt. Frederick Brian Arthur Fargus, commanding the machine gun section of the 9th Batt. London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles), who met his death while in the trenches on New Year's Day, was 27 years of age, and was the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Robert Fargus, of Milton House, Strawberry Hill. He only recently succeeded his father as a partner in the firm of Messrs. Clayton, Sons and Fargus, solicitors, of 10, Lancaster-place. He was for several years connected with the Twickenham Rugby Football Club, and played three-quarter for the team in the record seasons from 1906 to 1909. He at one time figured among the most prominent members of the Waldegrave Park Cricket Club, and later played for Twickenham; and was an enthusiastic golfer, angler and motorist. He was also very active in the Masonic Order, being the Worshipful Master of the "Felix" Lodge, and the news of his demise has been received with profound regret on all sides.
His Commanding Officer wrote of him: "Your son Brian was in the trenches yesterday and was shot dead by a German sniper. One and all of us will miss his cheerful, helpful presence, and his devotion to his duties has been an example to us all."
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Felix No. 1494 E.C.||Middlesex|
3rd April 1909
1st May 1909
6th November 1909
Senior Warden, Master Elect
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley