Frederick William Nightingale (1886–1943), Warrant Officer Class II (311894) in the Royal Armoured Corps, died at sea on 11 July 1943 aged 57, while on active service. He had served previously in India and subsequently throughout the First World War. His death is commemorated on Panel 1, column 2 of Brookwood Memorial, England as well as on this family grave. His younger brother Harry Nightingale was killed on active service in the First World War.

First World War

Frederick was born on 19 May 1886 in March, Cambridgeshire. He was the eldest of the four children of George Samuel Nightingale and Ann Elizabeth Nightingale (née Challis). By the time he was 23 years old Frederick had joined the 17th Lancers and was serving in India before the First World War. The 17th Lancers was a cavalry regiment. At the outbreak of the War the 17th Lancers joined the Sialkot Cavalry Brigade of the 1st Indian Cavalry Division. For the most part the 17th Lancers were restricted to an infantry role in the trenches. However, they were used in their cavalry role at both the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 and in 1918 during the Spring Offensive. Frederick was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War medal and the 1914 star for his service.

Second World War

After the War, Frederick married Rose Elizabeth Mabbatt in 1931 in Cambridge. When the Second World War began Frederick served his country again as Warrant Officer Class II (311894) of the Royal Armoured Corps. However, this time he was not so lucky and died at sea on 11 July 1943. He was entitled to the War medal 1939–1945 and the 1939–1945 Star. Frederick’s last address was 90 Hampden Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Nightingale grave
Nightingale monument



Lat Lon : 52.203294 0.13680173 – click here for location

Parish : St Edward

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The Sentinel, 9 April 2009

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Frederick William Nightingale