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|Those Who Came After The Original 500|
Pte Frederick William Lucas Regt # 2808 (Donated by Steve Rudowski)
Pte Frederick William Lucas, 1st Bn, Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
Pte Fred Lucas was a member of 1Bn Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He enlisted on 29 May
1916 in St. John's and was 24 years old....his home address at that time was 47 LeMarchant Road, St
John's. His wife's name was Caroline and they had two children, Arthur, born 17 May 1914 and
Eliza, born 14 Sept 1915.
Following training in Great Britain, he was deployed to 1st Bn Royal Newfoundland Regiment, C
Company, in France on 12 December 1916. He died of wounds to the wrist and thigh at the 34th
Casualty Station on 28 January 1917, a little over a month after joining his Regiment While the
records do not show his area of engagement, or where exactly he was killed in action, nevertheless,
the Regiment at that time was in the Sailly-Saillisel and Monchy campaigns, southwest of
Gueudecourt, so it is safe to assume that is where he suffered his mortal wounds. An official
notification from the Regimental casualty officer dated 10 December 1919 states: "2808 Pte F. Lucas
as buried at Grovetown British Cemetary, Meaulte, (France) Plot 2, Row M, Grave 31"
In a letter of condolence from the Colonial Secretary dated 9 February 1917 to Mrs Caroline Lucas, it
stated "Pte Lucas died at the 34th Casualty Clearing Station, France, on 28 January 1917 as a result
of gunshot wounds to thigh and wrist".
Later, on 5 October 1921, Pte Lucas' widow, Caroline, was presented with two campaign medals
earned by her late husband, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
Life & Death in the Trenches at Gueudecourt
St Pauls ChurchTrinity, Newfoundland
Memorial in front of above church
Remembered with honourGROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE
Commemorated in perpetuity bythe Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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