2116686 11 Field Company Royal Engineers
Frederick Griggs was born around 1920, the son of Fred and Grace Griggs. He, his brother and sisters lived with their parents at 1 Orchard Place, Sudbury.
Frederick served with the Royal Engineers whose motto is ‘Ubique’ – ‘Everywhere’. The Royal Engineers Regiment covers an extensive range of skills from bomb disposal, clearing minefields to bridge building. Frederick’s Company served in North Africa as part of the Eighth Army.
In July 1942 the German Afrika Korps were only 70 miles from the British held port of Alexandria. The Eighth Army successfully repelled an attack from the Germans at Alam el Halfa on 30 August 1942 and during the next 6 weeks manage to stockpile a vast quantity of weapons and ammunition. In October 1942 the Eighth Army totalled 195,000 men, 1,351 tanks and 1,900 pieces of artillery. On 23rd October Operation Lightfoot was launched with the largest artillery bombardment since the First World War.
Frederick died of wounds aged 22 on 25th October 1942 and lies buried in the El Alamein Cemetery, Egypt. Paul Death, another Sudbury man died on the same day and is remembered on the El Alamein Memorial.
A Cross of Remembrance was laid by the Town Clerk, Mrs. S. Brotherwood on his grave during a visit to El Alamein Cemetery in November 2006.
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