A soldier from Downend is remembered

Published on: 24 Nov 2016

FREDERICK Charles Garton Greenway died 100 years ago on the Somme. As we commemorated Remembrance this year at Christ Church, we looked a bit more closely into the life and service of one Downend soldier and his sacrifice during the First World War, thanks to the curiosity of two Downend residents. 

At the end of a church service on July 14 this year two Christ Church members, myself and Graham Ball, realised that the day marked the hundredth anniversary of the death of one soldier, named on a plaque inside the church. 

Frederick Charles Garton Greenway, a second lieutenant in the 8th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, died at the battle of the Somme on July 14, 1916 aged 20.  Graham searched internet records and found that his name is recorded on the Thiepval monument for the missing 72,000 soldiers from the Somme battlefields. With this information myself and my wife, May Ann, were able to locate his name on the memorial during a visit to the Somme in September. We also found that his is one of the 600 photos in the Missing of the Somme Panel displayed in the Thiepval reception centre. A poppy cross, with his name, was placed on the grave of an unknown soldier from the Leicestershire Regiment on behalf of Christ Church Downend 

Shortly after the outbreak of war FCG Greenway enlisted in the 6th Gloucestershire Regiment as Private 2827. In March 1915 he went to France where he was wounded but rejoined his regiment after three months.

 In January 1916 he was recommended for a commission and returned to England to join the Leicestershire Regiment before embarking for France and the battle of the Somme. His battalion was engaged in the attack on Bazentin Ridge on July 14. The battalion war diary lists him as killed in action between July 14-17.

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