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8819 PRIVATE F.W.FULTON, 1ST. BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT : KILLED IN ACTION 7 NOVEMBER 1914 : FIRST BATTLE OF YPRES :.

1914 Star with original 'Aug-Nov 1914' clasp (8819 Pte. 1/Bedf.R.); British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (8819 Pte. Bedf.R.) : (FREDERICK WILLIAM FULTON - Born in the Parish of Sydenham, Kent around 1888, a carpenters mate on the date of his attestation for the Royal West Kent Regiment Militia, 12 November 1906 : He was then residing at 20 Willow Walk, Sydenham, Kent with his mother, his brothers Sidney and Frank and his sister Daisy : He appears to have enlisted in the Regular Army prior to the outbreak of war in 1914 because he entered France with 1st. Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment on 16 August 1914 : The Battalion was almost immediately heavily engaged at the Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat; and the Battle of Le Cateau : During September and October it was engaged at the Marne and the Aisne, followed by the Battle of La Bassee : On 6 November 1914 at the commencement of the First Battle of Ypres, the Battalion was in trenches south of Menin Road, at Locon and at 07.00hrs. boarded motor buses and proceeded to Ypres where it halted : At about 17.00hrs. that day it marched via Ypres and Hooge to trenches in the wood south of the road : On 7 November 1914 the enemy broke through the line held by a Regiment some 200 yards to the left of the Bedfords, carrying that Regiment and some of the Bedford men with it : They were driven back by the Bedfords, forty or so men then went on to rush a trench held by twenty-one Germans, all of whom they either killed or captured : The Battalion casualties in this engagement amounted seven Officers together with one hundred and forty Other Ranks, killed or wounded, with seven men missing : The recipient was among those men killed in this action, he has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.) : Sold with verification; copy Militia Attestation Papers; copy extract taken from Battalion War Diary for 6-8 November 1914; copy CWGC. information and an original letter written in January 1928, by the recipient's mother, then living in Australia, to his sister Daisy, informing her of the death of her and the recipient's brother Frank : The holes in 1914 clasp have been slightly enlarged to facilitate sewing it to the ribbon : Nice original silk ribbons : NEF - £465