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Photos courtesy Joan Haynes
Fred was born in Bonsall in about 1898; his parents were John and Elizabeth Fern. In some records their name is spelt Fearn. His father was a ganger on the railway. Fred lived at Robin Hood, Whatstandwell, and worked at the Dawbarn’s steam joinery works. He enlisted in the RFA in Oct 1915, was untruthful about his age, (aged seventeen) and entered France in December 1915. He was wounded during his service but was able to return to his unit after treatment. After demob, Fred worked as a joiner and married Sarah Ellen Flint (whom he called "Nellie") in 1923.
For a time, he was secretary of Whatstandwell F.C.
Medal Roll Index Card
Fred was awarded the Victory, British and 15-Sar medals .
He entered France 26 December 1915 .
Belper News 2 November 1917
Mr and Mrs John Fern, of Robin Hood Whatstandwell, have been informed that their eldest son Pte Fred Fern of the R.F.A, has been severely wounded in action in France. He is 22 years of age, and previous to enlisting in October, 1915, he was in the employment of Messrs Yelverton Dawbarn Bros., of Whatstandwell.
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|John Henry||son||10 mo||Bonsall|
RG13 piece 3269 folio 17 page 26
1911: Robin Hood, Whatstandwell
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1918 Voters List, Crich
Fred Fern, Robin Hood; absent on military service
1939 Register: Northland Villa, Crich
Fred Fern b.18 October 1897; carpenter quarry& limestone works maintainance
Sarah E Fern b.11 July 1896
Margaret Richardson (Fern) b.12 November 1928; school