Private Fred Light is remembered with  honour at the Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery

Grave reference: 1 H 15




Machine Gun Corp Memorial, Albert

Uniform button of the Machine Gun Corp




Private Fred Light, 88292. 14th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Died 21st March 1918


Fred Light was born the son of George and Sarah Light in Morgans Vale, Downton, on 20th April 1888. He was the 10th of 13 children. Later George and Sarah Light and their family came to live in West Grimstead. George was a Brickmaker and lived and worked at West Grimstead brickyard.


Private Fred Light had originally been part of the Dorset Regiment, Machine Gun Corp (Infantry) but became part of the 14th Battalion in March 1918 when it was first formed. The 14th Battalion was part of the 14th (Light) Divison.Sadly the massive German assault which commenced on 21 March 1918 pushed back the British lines some 30 miles and the 14th Battalion, Machine Gun Corp took such heavy casualties that it had to be disbanded. Private Fred Light was one of those casualties. For some reason his name is on a Red Cross Enquiry list; he may well have been recorded as missing in the first instant but later his body was found.


Along with Harry Bundy, Fred Light is not listed on either of the West Grimstead Rolls of Honour.



Order of Battle 14th (Light) Division c March 1918 France)

General Officer Commanding Major General WH Greenley

General Staff Officer Class I Lieutenant Colonel AG Bayley

Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General Lieutenant Colonel FA Cornfield

Commander Royal Artillery Brigadier General E Harding -Newman

Chief Royal Engineer Lieutenant Colonel DS Collind

41st Brigade

8th (Service) Battalion The Kings Royal Rifle Corps

7th (Service) Battalion The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own)

8th (Service) Battalion The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own)

41st Trench Mortar Battery42nd Brigade

5th (Service) Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

9th (Service) Battalion The Kings Royal Rifle Corps

9th (Service) Battalion The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own)

42nd Trench Mortar Battery43rd Brigade

6th (Service) Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry

9th (Service) Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

7th (Service) Battalion The Kings Royal Rifle Corps

43rd Trench Mortar Battery

XLVI & XLVII Brigades, Royal Field Artillery

X.14 & Y.14 Medium Trench Mortar Batteries

14th Divisional Ammunition Columns, Royal Garrison Artillery

61st, 62nd & 89th Field Companies, Royal Engineers

14th Divisional Signal Company, Royal Engineers

11th(Service) Battalion The Kings (Liverpool Regiment) (Pioneers)

14th Battalion Machine Gun Corps

42nd, 43rd & 44th Field Ambulances, Royal Army Medical Corps

26th Mobile Veterinary Section

215th Employment Company, Labour Corps

14th Divisional Train - 100th, 101st, 102nd & 103rd Companies Army Service Corps

Brigadier General RS Tempest Brigadier General GNB Forster Brigadier General PCB Skinner


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