A Great War Battle of Arras, Memorial Scroll awarded to Private Frederick Tribe, 169th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who was Killed in Action on the 1st of May 1917, (Pte. Frederick Tribe, Machine Gun Corps. ) framed and glazed in contemporary frame, very fine.
Frederick Tribe was born in Hampstead, Middlesex, he enlisted into the London Regiment in Hampstead giving his home address as, 16 Christchurch Road, Hampstead. He proceeded ro France and Flanders with the 2nd Battalion the London Regiment on the 6th January 1915, being awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) and was posted to 169 Company he was killed in action on the 1st May 1917 in an attack on the Arras- Cambrai Road:
The War Diary States:
Zero Hour 3.45 a.m..No. 3 Section go forward, partly held up by hostile MG fire in direction of Cavalry Farm on Arras Cambrai Road also from snipers. Enemy has no proper line here just a series of posts at intervals of 20 yards held by a few of the enemy chiefly MGs, owing to the many Artillery barrages. Our Machine Guns eventually get beyond Cavalry Farm. 2 guns are turned on the farm and enemy belts fired, the enemy eventually puts up white flag and surrenders 25 strong to Lt. Wallis, (No. 3 section) in charge of the 2 guns which fired on many good targets.
1 gun in O14.a.0.8 shooting along front of Tool Trenches. 1 Gun along Hill Work and 4 guns forming a stop to resist counter attack should it break through the line held by Infantry at O.B.a.4.9. Infantry on right and left having failed to get through Brigade order for us to retire to original start line. Casualties for the day. 3 killed OR. 1 Officer wounded. 13 OR wounded, one machine gun was destroyed by shell fire.
Frederick’s body was not located after the war and he us commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 10.
Sold with copy Commonwealth War Graves Commission information, Copy Medal Index Card, Copy War Diary, pension records and Census information.