320271, Private Frederick Southgate, age 22
2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment
Died 21 April 1917
Private 320271, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment (formerly 4353, Pembroke Yeomanry) attached to the 6th Company of the Camel Corps.
Born in Ipswich in 1895, the son of Frederick Southgate & his wife Sarah Crooks. Sarah died in 1901 less than six months after giving birth to her youngest child Harry Abraham, this left Frederick with 6 children the oldest being 10. In 1911 his father lived at 3 Kathleen Cottages High Street, Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe, at the time of Frederick's death he was living at 69 Chapel Lane (Maidstone Road) Walton.
The Camel Corps were one of six divisions fighting the second Battle of Gaza. Fighting ceased as night fell on 19th April at which time they realised there was no prospect of success. An Ottoman counterattack was anticipated the next day, this did not develop after the Ottoman Cavalry was bombed, however there were a number of local attacks. Frederick was Killed in Action by a bomb in Palestine and died 21/04/1917. Buried at the Gaza War Cemetery.
Frederick's nephew Charles Tierney Cusack 55957 Royal Air Force died when the aircraft he was flying over shot the runway on landing & ended up in a railway cutting 30/07/44.
Gaza War Cemetery
Camel Corps Memorial, Embankment Gardens.
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Positions of forces at 2pm on the 19th of April, 1917 during the Second Battle of Gaza. British forces are shown in red and Turkish forces are shown in blue. Abbreviations: ALH = Australian Light Horse ICC = Imperial Camel Corps NZMR = New Zealand Mounted Rifles (Brigade) AMR = Auckland Mounted Rifles (Regiment) WMR = Wellington Mounted Rifles (Regiment) Imp Mtd Div = Imperial Mounted Division