British War and Victory Medals and bronze Memorial Plaque in card folder with King’s letter.
To : 2/Lieut. F. A. Stratton.
Frederick Arthur Stratton, 82nd Punjabis : killed in action, Mesopotamia, 27th Jan. 1917. Buried Amara.
Aged 27; Elder son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Stratton, of Dunford House, Crumpsall, Manchester.
Stratton attended Rossall School and his IARO listing shows service in Somerset LI before the IARO; spoke Hindustani and German.
Died of wounds on the day he was wounded as a result of the battalion’s disastrous attack on the Hai salient with the 36th Brigade, in which the 82nd suffered very heavy casualties; the regimental history details the action and its results (copies included) e.g. suffered 216 casualties on the day, 516 in a month – the highest in the Division – which included 9 British officers and 12 Indian Officers.
Major Davson recorded :
“The thing that stands out is the magnificent conduct of all in the regiment”. And poignantly added : “I suppose the price paid is not too high but Baker, Clerk, Stokes, Howell, Wignall, Stratton, Dickson and Garraway killed is a long list. A more charming crowd to serve with and a better lot of officers I shall not again meet. The regiment owes them a great debt”.
Enough said really.
Davson also recorded that the wounded Stratton was being carried off the field when a shell exploded above him, killing him : “Stratton was wounded in the head. I thought he had a chance but shortly afterwards a shell burst just over his head which I think finished him.”
Medals in about NEF condition, with original ribbons, extensive copies from War Dairy featuring Stratton at various times, King’s condolence letter and paper packet for plaque.