Frederick Cross was born in Moreton in 1893. He was the middle child of nine born to William George Cross of Moreton and Adelaide Cross (nee Higgins) of North Weston. In 1911 he was a 16 year old horsemen on a farm in Moreton living with his parents and eight siblings.
Fred enlisted at Oxford in the 2/4th Battalion of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and was given the regimental number 18915.
The 2/4th Battalion was formed at Oxford in September 1914 and after a period of training and service in England, arrived in France on 24th May 1916. They then served at various locations on the Somme, France and Ypres, Belgium.
Frederick was killed on 21 March 1918 during an assault known as the Great German Attack on the Somme.
He has no known grave and so is remembered on the Pozieres War Memorial, France.
His is also remembered on Thame War Memorial, Moreton War Memorial, St Mary’s Church Memorial Board and on the Moreton Chapel plaque.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Pozieres War Memorial, Somme, France on 29th October 2014 by Major Ian Jones MBE