Thursday, 10 November 2011

Remembering Uncle Freddie

Uncle Freddie was like a Grandfather to my two daughters, his brother (their Grandfather) having died before they were born. Freddie was born at the beginning of WWI and survived WWII. He was a wonderful man, very much of the 'old school'. When he came to visit, afternoon tea had to be served at 3:30 pm prompt! He was a very modest man and would be surprised that I am writing about him on a blog. He never married but led an interesting life and thoroughly enjoyed female company. 


As you can tell from his photograph, he was rather distinguished. Quite tall and always immaculately dressed.

Uncle Freddie enlisted in April 1939 and he was commissioned in May 1942. The Citation for his RAF Award of a Distinguished Flying Cross medal reads :

Flight Lieutenant [blank], has a long record of operational flying during which he has consistently set a high standard of efficiency and skill. In the February of 1944, he sighted an enemy submarine. Despite continuous anti-aircraft fire, he pressed home two attacks with great determination. This was the third occasion on which this officer has located and attacked enemy submarines.

He is mentioned in The DFC and How It Was Won 1918-1995 by Nick and Carol Carter Volume 1 A-L (1998) and in the London Gazette: 3/4/1945: 1783.

After the War, he went to live in Uganda. He became Town Clerk of the Kampala Municipal Council and had a house on Kolola Hill, Kampala.

This is a photograph of Freddie and his mother, sitting in the garden at Kolola Hill. Uncle Freddie was a very keen photographer and I am lucky enough to have an album of photographs he took while living in Uganda in the 1950's/1960's. On one occasion, Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh visited Kampala and Uncle Freddie had the pleasure of showing them around the Council Offices. Those photographs take pride of place in the album.

As we are remembering those that died during conflict, we are also remembering those who served their country but survived War. Uncle Freddie we will never forget you.   

1 comment:

Helen said...

Lovely Uncle Freddie - the kindest man you would ever meet.