Frederick Ralph Ryder (1896–1915), Lance Corporal (2074) in the Cambridgeshire Regiment, was killed in action on 3 June 1915 at Houplines, Armentières, France. He is buried in Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row A, Grave 19). He is also commemorated on the war memorials at All Saints and St Paul’s, Cambridge.
Frederick was born in 1896 in Cambridge. He was the younger of two sons born to Zenas Ryder and Bertha Elizabeth Ryder (née Parsley). He was known as Fred or Freddy. Fred was baptised on 2 August 1896 at All Saints, Cambridge. Fred grew up at 63 Jesus Lane and then 9 Tenison Avenue, Cambridge. He was educated at the County Boys’ School, Cambridge. He was a member of Church of England Young Men’s Society (CEYMS) and took part in athletics. Shortly after the War began Fred joined up as Lance Corporal (2074) of the 1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment. He was shot in the head by a sniper during the afternoon while working in the trenches on 3 June 1915 at Houplines, Armentières, France. He died within an hour.
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Parish : St Paul
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By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent