Frederic de Vere Bruce Allfrey
DescriptionFrederic, born 21st September 1891, was the only son of Frederick and Maud de Vere Allfrey of Ashridgewood, Wokingham. He had a sister Vera Maud born about a year before him.
According to the Census, by 1911 Frederic was a regular Army Officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, a distinguished cavalry regiment, stationed in Canterbury Kent. He died in the battle of Montcel, at Frétoy; the last charge on horseback of British cavalry in the war. It was reported that he was shot by a wounded German after he had dismounted to extract a lance from a wounded comrade’s leg. He was buried in Frétoy Communal Cemetery at Seine-et-Marne.
In 1915 his grandmother, Mrs Bruce of Arborfield Court, Wokingham, endowed a bed in Benyon Ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in his memory. His parents erected the brass plaque in his memory still to be seen on the wall of the South Aisle.
“Frederic de Vere Bruce Allfrey ,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed February 21, 2020, https://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/WTH0391.