Fradgley, John Reginald

He was the eldest son of Elsey William Fradgley, of Bassett, Southampton, and Edith Mary Fradgley (daughter of Henry Joseph Hunt). After his father’s death, Fradgley’s mother lived at Silvers Close, Yateley, near Camberley in Surrey. He was brother to Charles Anthony Fradgley (H 1926-1931) and Peter Geoffrey Fradgley (H 1929-1934).

He came to Culver’s Close from Twyford School in September 1919 and in July 1924  went up to New College, Oxford, leaving it however after two years as the result of serious injury in a motor accident. He then trained as an accountant and subsequently became a partner in Basil Mongomery & Co., a firm of stockbrokers. He was an expert yachtsman, and being on the RNVR list was called up in October 1939.

On October 31st 1941 Fradgley married Evelyn A. Mary Sellar, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel T.B. Sellar and sister of Alexander John Patrick Sellar (H 1919-1924).

He commanded the 750-ton HMT Bredon T223, an anti-submarine/mine-sweeping trawler.   Bredon served with the Second Anti-Submarine Group where  conditions were spartan; water was limited, and once the ship left harbour none could be used for washing purposes.   The job of the Second Anti-Submarine Group was to escort slow cargo boats (moving at about nine knots) to the various harbours along the West African Coast.

HMT Bredon was torpedoed by U-boat U521 in the Atlantic off the Cape Verde Islands on February 8th 1943. There were only two survivors from the crew. Fradgley, who was thirty-seven when killed, is commemorated in panel 11, column 1 of the Lowestoft Naval Memorial.




War: World War 2

  • Surname: Fradgley
  • Forenames or initials: John Reginald
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1919-1924
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 7th August 1905
  • Date of Death: 8th February 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Commemorated on the Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Column 1, Panel 11