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Title: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Philldw on Monday 16 November 20 14:03 GMT (UK)
I am seeking information on Frederick George Stratton b 1898 Twyford, Hants.
Married Alice Purkiss in 1925. Died Dec 1978.
He had an wooden leg or severe injury to a leg.We are trying to find out how that occurred.
War wound? I found a WW1 private Frederick George Stratton  in the Army Veterinary Corps TT01040 in the National Archives medal card but not 100% it is him. The Army Medical museum do not hold any records. Any suggestions? Thank You David
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Girl Guide on Monday 16 November 20 18:28 GMT (UK)
Where did the story about his leg come from?  You seem unsure as to whether he had a wooden leg or an injury to his leg.

Have you attempted to find any obituary in a newspaper from when he died to see if there is any mention of that?
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: chempat on Monday 16 November 20 22:45 GMT (UK)
If you look at his death record you will see that he was not born in 1898.

Does he have any surviving family that know more about him?

Frederick George Stratton is a relatively common name, including one born in South Stoneham, possibly in the preceding year.
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Jamjar on Tuesday 17 November 20 01:32 GMT (UK)
If you look at his death record you will see that he was not born in 1898.

Does he have any surviving family that know more about him?

Frederick George Stratton is a relatively common name, including one born in South Stoneham, possibly in the preceding year.

STRATTON, FREDERICK  GEORGE mmn ELKINS 
GRO Reference: 1897  D Quarter in WINCHESTER  Volume 02C  Page 144

1901: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSXB-8ZX

1911: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWQP-713

Jamjar
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Philldw on Tuesday 17 November 20 06:45 GMT (UK)
Thank you for your help, folks. My wife as a girl remembers Frederick walking with a leg that would not bend.She was told that he had a wooden leg.Told not to ask questions such things were not talked about those days. Surviving relations in Australia have no knowledge how it happened.
The birth date in 1897 is the corrrect one
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: chempat on Tuesday 17 November 20 07:30 GMT (UK)
If it had happened in the war, as an act of bravery, surely it would have been talked about.  Birth 'defects' are what are hidden, e.g. clubfoot.
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Gibel on Tuesday 17 November 20 09:24 GMT (UK)
Frederick appears to have been working at one stage for Twyford School. This prep school is still there. It might be worth contacting them to see if they have any old records of his employment which might just mention a war injury or other information.
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Dundee on Tuesday 17 November 20 11:00 GMT (UK)
I found a WW1 private Frederick George Stratton  in the Army Veterinary Corps TT01040 in the National Archives medal card but not 100% it is him.

This man enlisted 16 Apr 1915 and was discharged 30 Apr 1917 under Paragraph 392(xvi) of King's Regulations - discharged as no longer physically fit for active service.  He was awarded the Silver War Badge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_War_Badge

Debra  :)
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Dundee on Tuesday 17 November 20 11:19 GMT (UK)
His address was St Alban's, Hertfordshire, so not the right one.

Debra  :)
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Philldw on Tuesday 17 November 20 12:55 GMT (UK)
I have contacted Twyford School and they have responded quickly with information. Fred worked there  for 58 years! They have sent us copies from an illustrated history. It mentions him having a runner at  cricket due to a 'stiff' leg before WW2.
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Gibel on Tuesday 17 November 20 17:12 GMT (UK)
Wow 58 years at the school!

The book “Twyford School - an illustrated history by Roger Porteus appears to be available from Amazon.
Title: Re: Frederick George Stratton
Post by: Philldw on Tuesday 17 November 20 17:33 GMT (UK)
We have ordered that book to be delivered to our Uk address as postage out here in Gozo by Amazon is monstrous! My son can then post it out, its cheaper that way.