The 1911 census and his Military record say that Frederick Stopps was born in Thame around 1869, but exactly when and who his parents were is not recorded.
He probably left Thame for London in early life, for on 1st January 1891 he married Ann Osborn at St Peter’s church, Wandsworth. They went on to have eight children, all born in the Lambeth and Camberwell area.
Frederick joined the 6th Dragoons Guards (Carabiniers) at the start of WW1, serving in France and Belgium. The 6th Dragoon Guards was part of the 2nd Cavalry Division which took part in many of the main WW1 battles in France. But it was during the major offensive on 29th October 1918 that Frederick died of heart failure at the age of 47 years.
He is buried in Estaires Communal Cemetery, Nord, France and he is remembered in Peckham, London. His back pay of £26 15s 6d and gratuity of £24 10s was paid to his widow Ann.
He is not currently remembered in Thame.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Estaires Communal Cemetery, Nord, France on 01st November 2015 by Ann Barrington