Fredrick Cyril Westwood

31896, Private, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.

Died At Sea 30th December 1917 aged 20.

The Chatby Memorial, Egypt

Fred was the son of E & A Westwood of 26 High Street. He was educated at Alleynes school and his father was a local butcher who later employed Fred as a slaughterman.

On 30th December 1917 the German submarine UC-34 torpedoed the troopship Aragon off Alexandria. HMS Attack and the Armed Trawler Points Castle rescued soldiers from the sinking troopship, but HMS Attack either struck a mine or received another torpedo as she pulled men from the water. Ten sailors from HMS Attack died and 600 lives were lost on the Aragon.

Frederick has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt.

Medal Entitlement: British War Medal & Victory Medal.


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