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Fred Foundling was born in 1896, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Foundling. In 1901 they were living at the back of 87 Coventry Street, together with Fred’s brothers James, Samuel and William, and sisters Beatrice and Sarah.

Fred enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9625). He was awarded the Military Medal for “gallant conduct”, which was announced in the London Gazette on 20 October 1916. He was therefore one of the local Wolverhampton men invited to the presentation mentioned in yesterday’s blog post.

Fred went on to marry Ava Pillinger in 1918, and the couple had two children, Fred in 1919 and an unnamed baby boy in 1920. The baby boy unfortunately died not long after his birth.