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8 Sep 1919
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Frederick Pearson was 1 of 7 children born to Alfred & Sophia in Luton in 1869.
His father was a master saddler, his older brother Charles was also in the family trade as a journeyman saddler, but Frederick did not follow in their footsteps as he joined the Army.
In 1891 aged 22 he is in the Bedfordshire Regiment & living at the Depot in Kempston.
He married Sarah Minnie Sharp in January 1892 in Luton.
The 1911 census shows that they are living at 2 Chase Street, Luton with 2 of their 4 children, Lily is 12 & Minnie is 9. Frederick is working with Sarah at home as straw hat machinists.
Frederick's service record describes him as 5ft 3inches tall with a fair complexion, light blue eyes & light brown hair. He had a tattoo on his left forearm. He re-enlisted into the Bedfordshire regiment in March 1915 but was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps. It was composed of soldiers that were either medically unfit or too old for active service on the front line. The regiment provided home service duties such as troops for guarding important places including ports, bridges & even prisoner-of-war camps. It was reported in the Luton News on 27th April 1915 that Frederick was on railway duties at the Midland Railway, Irchester, Northampton.
Whilst based in Chilworth, Surrey in January 1918 he suffered a double hernia whilst lifting a heavy weight, therefore in August 1918 he was discharged from the Army as no longer physically fit.
He survived the war but died on 8th September 1919. He is buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road. His son Henry Isaac is buried with him & also commemorated on the Commonwealth War Grave.