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Frederick Drummond Vincent Wing CB (1860 - 1915)

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Major Gen Frederick Drummond Vincent Wing CB
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Frederick was born in 1860. He was the son of Vincent Wing and Gertrude Fletcher-Vane.

Christening Date: 28 May 1861 - Sopley, Southampton, Hampshire, England

Census 1891: West Denton, Northumberland, England. Aged 30 and single.

Occupation: Captain Royal Atillery

In 1880 aged twenty, Frederick had joined the Royal Horse Artillery after graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He rose in prominence in the regiment, and was promoted to Captain on 12 September 1888, and Major on 31 March 1898.

He served in South Africa for the Second Boer War between 1899 and 1902, where he took part in operations in Natal in late 1899, including engagements at Talana. The following year, he took part in the defence of Ladysmith and was present at the Battle of Lombard´s Kop, where he was slightly wounded, and for which he was mentioned in despatches and received a brevet promotion as lieutenant-colonel on 29 November 1900.

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1901. In early 1902 he was again wounded, but discharged to duty shortly before the end of hostilities, in May 1902.

He left Cape Town on board the SS Dunvegan Castle in late June 1902 and arrived at Southampton the next month. Following the war, he was seconded to the staff of Lord Roberts, whom he served as aide-de-camp in 1903.

Frederick married Mary FitzClarence (daughter of Captain Hon. George Fitz-Clarence and Lady Maria Henrietta Scotta and a granddaughter of the Earl of Munster and Earl of Clonmell) on 5 October 1905 at St. George Hanover Square, London, England. They had one daughter; Gertrude Iris.

When the 1st World War broke out Frederick was given command of the artillery corps of the 3rd Infantry Division and accompanied them to France in 1914. He served at all the major battles of 1914 and was wounded on 22 September 1915 by a shrapnel bullet in the calf, but returned to duty the next day. He also had a close escape early in 1915, when a German shell burst directly over his car during a tour of his artillery positions; he was unhurt in the blast, but his chauffeur was wounded in the arm.

Later in 1915, Wing took overall command of the newly raised New Army 12th (Eastern) Division. In the September 1915 Battle of Loos, generals George Thesiger and Thompson Capper were killed, and less than a week later, on 2 October 1915, a shell exploded in the road outside the 12th Division's forward report centre at Mazingarbe and killed Frederick and his aide-de-camp Lieutenant Tower outright at 3:45pm.

Frederick had served over 30 years in the Army. He was 54 years of age at the time of his death.


Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot: I. K. 15.


  • "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2014), Frederick Drummond Vincent Wing, 28 May 1861; citing Sopley, Hampshire, England, reference 3 & 4; FHL microfilm 1,596,323.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 October 2015), Frederick D Wing, West Denton, Northumberland, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,"
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 56505072 [[1]]

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