Second Lieutenant Ernest Dudley ffrench

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Afghanistan (1900-1999)
About the memorial: Memorial to 2nd Lieutenant Ernest Dudley ffrench, Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides Infantry (Frontier Force) (Lumsden's). Son of Dr William Josiah Lowe ffrench and Helen ffrench (nee Fish), of Barnetby-le-Wold, Lincolnshire. Baptised on 25 Apr 1900 at St Mary's Church, Barnetby-le-Wold, North Lincolnshire. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Indian Army 20 Dec 1918 (London Gazette 23 Jan 1919 - unattached list). He was admitted into the Indian army from the unattached list on 2 Apr 1919 joining the Corps of Guides. Within three months he fought in the Third Afghan War and was attached to the 3rd Battalion 1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment). On 15 Feb 1919, a convoy attempting to travel between Lakaband Kili in the Upper Zhob Valley and Fort Sandeman (Zhob), was attacked by a force of about seven hundred tribesmen from the Waziri lashkar. Once joined by a relief force, the convoy set off back the following day, and reached Kapip, about ten miles from Fort Sandeman, without incident. Then about four thousand Waziris attacked the convoy again. One hundred Indian soldiers were killed or wounded. Of the surviving six British officers, four were killed, including 2nd Lt ffrench aged 19 years, and the other two wounded. The survivors undertook an organised evacuation, taking their casualties with them. His burial place is unknown. He is commemorated on Face 2 of the Delhi Memorial (India Gate), New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India (see Find a Grave Memorial 18591125). Also commemorated on a memorial at St Barnabas Church, Barnetby Le Wold, Humberside.
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India.1919. 2nd Lieut E D ffrench Q.V.O. Corps of Guids F.F. (Lumsdens).

Ernest Dudley ffrench

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