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2nd Lt Frederick Justin Schrader, Devonshire Regiment

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Single Victory Medal....in the dying embers of the Great war

 

Frederick Justin Schrader was born in Negumbo, Ceylon on the 26 Jun 1892 to George Archibald Schrader and Thomasin Lily Martin. 

I have been unable to ascertain what Fred did before the war and how he came to be in England to enlist

Fred enlisted in the artists rifles and attended officer training at Devonport, commissioned in February 1918 into the Devonshire Regiment, he left for France the 7th September 1918 on an American troopship with five other newly commissioned officers under the command of John Boynton "J. B." Priestley, (Order of Merit; 13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984, English novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, and broadcaster). 

Priestly comments on the journey (and mentions Fred) in his literary reminiscences, Margin Released, all destined for the 16th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment.

Priestley comments that on Arriving at Rouen 2ND Lt Cox, Schrader and Reed, were left to be casualty replacements and Priestley, Farrer and Machon marched towards the front line, arriving on the 16th September, on the 18th September the Battalion went over the top, during the attack on the “Red Line” South East of Ronssoy, Priestly and Machon were wounded and Farrer dead.

Some days after Cox, Schrader and Reed replaced their friends on the line.

Fred was discharged from the 3rd Battalion on the 22 April, 1920 He returned to Ceylon 1919 and was a tea and rubber planter until his retirement. His race was Dutch Burgher. 

He married, at St. Stephen’s Church, Negumbo on 23/06/1920 Hope Siebel Foenander, born 03/04/1889, daughter of Harris Julian Foenander; He passed away on 30 Dec 1966

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