Frederick Carpenter was born in Dudley and attended the Trinity Methodist Chapel in Netherton. He was married to Rachel Florence of 137 Northfield Road, Netherton. He enlisted in the Gloucesters and joined the 12th (Service) Battalion in the 5th Division. In 1916 they fought on the Somme and in 1917 at Arras and Ypres. Late in the year they moved to Italy to help in the defence of Venice. In mid-1918 they returned to the Western Front and took up position by the forest of Nieppe near Merville. They held on until the start of the Advance to Victory and their early contribution was a sequence of raids. On the 28th June they carried out a major attack which was very successful but among the casualties was Private Frederick Carpenter who was killed in action. He was 37 years of age and is buried in Aval Wood Military Cemetery Vieux-Berquin (III B 4) and commemorated on the Dudley and Trinity Methodist Chapel, Netherton, Memorials.
St. Andrew's Church, Highbridge Road, DY2 0HN
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