Caiger, Frederick Howard Stewart
Born on 23rd December 1896 in Stockwell, London, he was the only child of Dr. Foord Caiger, a doctor at the South Western Hospital in Stockwell. His grandfather, Frederick Henry Caiger was born in Winchester, where his father, another Frederick, was Attorney for the King’s Bench and the local Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths. He came to Winchester from Down House, Westcliffe on Sea, and represented the School at shooting and fencing: he was elected a member of the Sword Club at the age of 18, a somewhat unusual distinction. From his earliest years he was an ardent student of Natural Science, most of his spare time being devoted to biological investigation in some form and experimental chemistry. He had intended to make a career in medicine and studied for a few months at St. Thomas’s Hospital. In October 1915 he went up to Caius College, Cambridge to read Medicine, with French as an additional subject.
As soon as he had taken the first examination for the degree of M.B., without waiting to hear the result, he applied for a commission and was gazetted in December 1915 to the R.F.A., proceeding to the front four months later. During the summer of 1916 he became unwell with scabies (a common condition in the trenches) and spent three weeks in No 8 General Hospital in Rouen, and on discharge was posted to 17th Brigade, 29th Division. He died at Flers on November 11th 1916, while commanding an advanced section of his battery in an exposed position. Killed by a high explosive shell he was buried at McCormick’s Post.
In 1920 the War Office wrote to his father informing him that it had been necessary to exhume his son’s body (along with others) and he had been reburied at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery. His father donated the clock which forms part of the War Memorial at Stockwell in memory of his son.
- Surname: Caiger
- Forenames or initials: Frederick Howard Stewart
- House: H
- Years in School: 1910-1914
- Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
- Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
- Date of Birth: 23rd December 1896
- Date of Death: 11th November 1916
- How Died: Killed in action
- Location in War Cloister: Outer F4
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL: Grave VII. H. 11.