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Frederick George Wisbey
Remembered with Honour
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial.
A local history and genealogy page for the Parish of Wimpole.
Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge
In memory of
Frederick George Wisbey
Private 40408. 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment [Previously 34374 Suffolk Regiment]
Died: Saturday 21 April 1917, aged 39
- Lest We Forget -
Frederick George Wisbey
Frederick ["Fred"] George Wisbey was born to parents George Wisbey (1845-1900) and Margaret Ann Nottage (1848-1917) in Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire. He came to Arrington in 1913 to work for Mr Reginald Octavius Fellowes [the Land Agent to the Wimpole Estate] as a gardener at (probably) Wimpole Lodge.
Born: October 1877, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.
Baptised: 8 December 1878 at Barkway.
Family: Married Eleanor Eliza Bysouth (1876-1950) at Royston in October 1898 and they had two children, Frederick Bysouth Wisbey (born earlier in 1898) and Alice Gertrude Wisbey (born c1899).
Residence: Turnpike Cottage, Arrington, Cambridgeshire.
Enlisted: June 1916 into the Suffolk Regiment, transferring to the Lincolnshire Regiment in France during October 1916.
Died: Saturday 21 April 1917, aged 39.
How died: Killed in Action. No known grave.
Theatre of War: France and Flanders.
Commemorated: The Thiepval Memorial, Picardy.
Effects: After his death, his wife Eleanor E Wisbey received £2 13s 10d as Frederick's personal effects in 1917 and a War Gratuity of £3 0s 0d in 1919.
"Private Frederick George Wisbey, of the Lincolns, of Turnpike Cottage, Arrington Road, near Royston, was killed in action on April 21st 1917. "He was a good soldier, and did his duty like a soldier and a man;" thus writes a sergeant of his Company. Prior to enlisting in June 1916 in the Suffolks, he had been three years in the employ of Mr R O Fellowes as a gardener, and before coming to Arrington was 16 years at Cokenach Park.
He was sent out to France in October 1916, and was then transferred to the Lincolns. He was 39 years of age. His son, Private Fred Wisbey, who is only 19 years of age, is in the Beds Regiment. He was wounded on July 30th 1916 but has now recovered and is out in France. Mrs Wisbey and one daughter are still residing at Turnpike Cottage, Arrington Road."
(Herts and Cambs Reporter August 17th 1917)
Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral
Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral
Thiepval Memorial, Picardy, France
Private Frederick George Wisbey
No known grave.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 1C,
Thiepval Memorial, Picardy, France

On the high ground overlooking the Ancre River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world.
The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916.
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler
The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.
War Memorial research by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any additional information, research,
photographs or memories of Frederick George Wisbey for this page.
Please contact the website.

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