Today we remember …
|7th November 1918
Frederick Wells, F Social 1894, Lt, Horse Transport, Army service Corps. Died of pneumonia contracted on active service
After school, he was ranching in South Africa from 1899-1902 (at the height of the Boer War). He then moved to Guernsey where he was a fruit grower until 1916.
In 1908 he married Mary Stewart. She had already been widowed twice; he was her third husband. Her second husband was also an Old Radleian, TNF Davenport. The couple had one son of their own, and Frederick was stepfather to the four sons from Mary’s previous marriages. Her eldest son, Cecil Draper, was also killed in WW1. Frederick’s death meant that Mary was widowed three times before she was 45. All the younger boys and Frederick’s step-grandsons, were awarded War Memorial Scholarships to enable them to attend Radley.
Frederick Wells and Cecil Draper are the only father and son to both be recorded on Radley’s WW1 War Memorial.