Frederick Arthur Harrup 1892 - 1955

Meldreth Farm Labourer who survived the Great War

By John Crawforth

At the time of the Great War Frederick Arthur Harrup was working as a farm labourer and living in Whitecroft Road, Meldreth. 

Photo:Whitecroft Road, Meldreth,showing the junction with Chiswick End and Bramble Cottage on the right, 1910 - 1930

Whitecroft Road, Meldreth,showing the junction with Chiswick End and Bramble Cottage on the right, 1910 - 1930

Photo supplied by Tim Gane

Frederick was born in Lincoln in July 1892. A few years later he was living with his family in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Subsequently, they moved to South Tottenham in London and Frederick worked as a Clerk at the Ensign Works in Tottenham.

He had four sisters, Florence (died 1930), Ada Edith (1887-1962), Viola Christiana (1898-1939) and Ivy Adelaide (1900-1977). He also had a brother, Lewis George (1889-1973). Like Frederick, Lewis served in the Army. He enlisted in the Service Territorial Force for a four-year term from 1909 - 1913 as a Gunner in the 1st Battery of the London Royal Garrison Artillery. Frederick enlisted in the Army in 1916, joining the Suffolk Regiment (no. 265617) in January of that year. Later he was transferred as a Private in the 431st Agricultural Company Labour Corps (no. 550158) and posted abroad. 

Photo:Frederick and Hilda Dorothy marry in October 1923

Frederick and Hilda Dorothy marry in October 1923

Photo supplied by Graham Harrup

Frederick was demobbed at the end of 1919 and returned to the family home which was by this time in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire. He didn't settle there and moved back to London where he met Hilda Dorothy Brown (1896-1973). They were married in October 1923 in Islington, London. The couple, who were childless, later moved to Droitwich in Worcestershire where Frederick died in August 1955. He was survived for eighteen years by his wife, Dorothy, who died in September 1973. 

Acknowledgement: Thanks are due to Mr Graham Harrup of Royston who has supplied the material on which this is based from the research he has done on his family history.

This page was added by John Crawforth on 10/07/2014.

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