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WW1 MM, Trio, Plaque & Citation (Fruen, N. Staffs) 1,065.00

WW1 Military Medal, trio, Memorial Plaque with Scroll and original MM Citation. Awarded to 23427 Pte. Edward Thomas Fruen, 1/6th. Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment. Edward Fruen was born in Hampstead Norris, Berks. in 1891. He joined the Army at Newhaven in November 1914, aged 23, serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery (No. 52683). Fruen later served with the 2nd. Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (No. 20435) and finally with the 1/6th. Battalion Prince of Wale's North Staffordshire Regiment (No.23427) where he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He first entered the theatre of war on the 17th. August 1915, France, later that year he was admitted to Field Hospital suffering with trench foot. Whilst serving at the front near Loos on September 29th-30th. L/Cpl. Fruen saw close enemy action and was awarded the Military Medal for his courage and devotion to duty. Piece from the original MM citation - The enemy twice made a bombing attack on one of our advanced posts. The deceased (Fruen was later K.I.A.) took the lead in repelling the attack and on both occasions drove the enemy off. On another occasion, during a particularly trying night of heavy shelling and trench mortaring, he set his command a very fine example of courage and devotion to duty. The Battalion War Diary reads - Our post at H25 d 73.81 was bombed by an enemy patrol for the second time that night. It had previously been bombed at about 11.30 p.m. , most of the bombs falling short. Our post retaliated with bombs, as they were being thrown from the disused part of O.G.1 in no mans land. Private Fruen on both occasions followed the enemy up this trench and threw bombs over the barricade. From the shouts heard he evidently inflicted casualties among the men in the enemy post. Fruen is mentioned twice by name (along with a Pte. Baggott who won the DCM for a nearby action over the same period) in the war diary. Sadly Edward Fruen was killed in action on the 24th March 1918 (some sources have his death listed on the 26th and the 29th.) He is remembered with honour at Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He died just a few weeks after his marriage, his Military Medal was presented to his widow. The group is in excellent condition with original ribbons (MM named to N. Staffs., Trio named to York & Lanc.). The Memorial plaque is complete with original scroll, all mounted in a period oak frame (no glass). The original papers include - MM Citation (very RARE item as most of these no longer exist), 46th. North Midland Division BEF MM card and the 1914-15 Star certificate. The copied papers include 5 pages from the battalion war diary, covering the MM action and the late L/Corporals death, 20 pages of service papers, index card, medal rolls, casualty details etc.

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