Hensley Fred ACC attached 143rd Field Regiment

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Personnel Entry

Fred Hensley - seen in the UK.
Fred Hensley - seen in the UK.

Name Hensley Fred
Army number 943397
Rank Gunner/Private.
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards.
Date of birth 1/8/1918 - mother's maiden surname Tunnicliffe.
Age (At time of death). 70.
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Artillery 18/10/1939 and posted to the 386th Battery, 143rd Field Regiment. Served Iceland. Admitted to No. 30 General Hospital, Iceland 28/4/1941 to 3/5/1941. Posted from 143rd Field Regiment to 185th Field Regiment 23/12/1942. Transferred to the Army Catering Corps 1/4/1943 as Private N/T Cook Class I. Attached to 185th Field Regiment.
Company/Battery Battery HQ.
Platoon or other sub-unit Catering/Administrative Section.
Task or role Cook.
Joined Brigade Probably when 143rd Field Regiment was attached in support of the Brigade in 1942.
Promotions None known.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Died at Ashbourne in August 1988, aged 70.
Home address Worked as a Baker's Assistant. Had lived in Ashbourne until 1922 and then moved to 13, Ramsgate Road, Margate. In the 1939 General Register he is living with his mother and younger siblings in the house of Amos Scott, a Baker and Confectioner. Fred is also described as a Baker and Confectioner and his sister is described as "under training" in the trade. His mother is listed as a Widow working as a housekeeper for Mr Scott, who is himself a widower of 71 at that time. It is not yet clear whether 13 Ramsgate Road was the Baker's commercial premises. Fred married Freda M. Stevenson (1918 - 1967) in Ashbourne in January 1949.
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Other photographs, kindly supplied by his nephew, featuring Fred are set out below:-

Group with Fred Hensley on the right
Fred Hensley in Iceland