Southwater War Memorial
Frederick George BONIFACE
T/151358 Driver Royal Army Service Corps
17th June 1940 Burnt by Incendiary bomb on 27th May 1940
Dunkirk Town Cemetery, FRANCE Plot 2 Row 18 Grave 11
Born in Horsham in 1908 and baptised at Warnham the son of William and Bessie Boniface of Horsham. In 1911 the family were living at
5 Andrews Lane, Southwater. Frederick was one of five children.
After leaving school Frederick worked as a brick-maker and at the age of twenty-one married a girl of his own age, Irene Frances Thomas,
at the Horsham Parish Church of St. Mary's on 27th May, 1935. The couple had two daughters, Doreen Ann born on Wednesday the 23rd March 1938,
and Joan Betty, whose birthplace was Southwater, on Friday the 28th April, 1939. At the time of the Second World War the small family
were living in Roffey village at 23, Leith View Road, it is believed in rented accommodation with Irene's parents.|
Before the war Frederick was a member of the Territorial Army and would have been called to the colours at the outbreak of hostilities.
In 1940 he was serving as T/151358 Driver F.G. Boniface in the Royal Army Service Corps with the British Expeditionary Force in France.
He was one of the many unfortunate troops who were not evacuated from the Dunkirk beaches, as the last remnants of the BEF had long since
departed Dunkirk for England during late May and the beginning of June, but became one of the British casualties remaining on French soil.
His vehicle, had been struck by an incendiary bomb on Monday the 27th May while in the Dunkirk area, and he died from severe burns on Wednesday
the 17th June as a prisoner of war in a German military hospital. Twenty-four year old Frederick Boniface may have been exhumed from his original
burial place and later relocated to the main cemetery, where he was laid to rest in Plot 2, Row 18, Grave 11, in Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France.
The cemetery is located on the road to Veurne, immediately south of the canal in the south eastern corner of Dunkirk town. On entering the
cemetery Plots IV and V contain British and Imperial Great War graves. To the right of the main entrance there are Plots 1, II and III containing
the graves of Great War victims. All Second World War casualties are in their own Plots 1 and 11.
Frederick Boniface's name is not among those
recorded on the Horsham War Memorial.
Dunkirk Town Cemetery, FRANCE
Words on his gravestone read ;
"I love them that love me and those that see me early shall find me"