Frederick William Game

17550, Private, 6th Battalion. Bedfordshire Regiment.

Missing in Action on the 15th July 1916 aged 19.

Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

Frederick was the son of Jesse & Gertrude Game of “Hillcot”, Letchmore Road, Stevenage. Before the war he was employed at W.H.Smith & Son, the newsagent.

He was posted to France on the 30th July 1915 and was killed when his battalion attacked the village of Pozieres during the Somme offensive. The attack was headed by the 8th East Lancashire Regiment and supported by the both the 6th Bedfordshire's and the 11th Warwickshire Regiment. Initially, the advance went unopposed but as the two forward battalions went over the crest of a location named the Chalk Pitt they were held up by heavy and accurate machine gun fire. The Bedford’s were forced to dig in about 100 yards from Liniere. Later, it was found that their attack had failed and they had suffered some 244 casualties with 3 Officers and 32 Other Ranks killed and a further 25 Other Ranks Missing, including Frederick Game.

He has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. (Pier/Face 2C.).

Medal Entitlement: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.

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