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19036381 Pte./Dmr. Frederick Wilfred Wragg

A collection of photographs and memorabilia dedicated to the army service of Frederick Wilfred Wragg, who passed away in January 2007.

He enlisted as a regular with the Lincolnshire Regiment in November 1946 at Sobraon Barracks, Lincoln and went on to serve (firstly with 2nd Battalion and latterly with 1st Battalion following amalgamation/redesignation) in Palestine, Trans-Jordan and Egypt. He became a drummer in the Regimental Corps of Drums and also boxed for the regiment, becoming the Army (Egypt) Bantam weight champion in February 1950.

For reasons he couldn't quite remember, he transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in January 1951 and served out his remaining time until discharge as part of the British Troops in Austria, stationed in Graz. Once again he served as a drummer in the Regimental Corps of Drums amd boxed for the regiment's boxing team.

He eventually left the army in October 1952, although remained with the reserves until November 1958.

Notes:
1. Some of the captions on these pictures are a little sketchy. If you can help clarify any of these please do contact us.
2. Kevin Wragg is keen to hear from anyone who remembers his father from his service years, if you'd like to contact Kevin please do so via the Webmaster or one of the Branch Officers.

Fred Wragg (Royal Lincolnshire Regiment) - Middle East, 1947-50 (1) Fred Wragg (Royal Lincolnshire Regiment) - Middle East, 1947-50 (2)
Leaning on a rather battered Willys MB ‘Jeep’ with painted Middle East Land Forces (M.E.L.F.) GHQ formation sign (camel) & bridge plate (2 ton) markings. The meaning of the ‘ALO’ lettering on the windscreen frame is unknown to me, but it’s been suggested that it might possibly stand for either ‘Air Liaison Officer’ or ‘Artillery Liaison Officer’... Fred Wragg & Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'A' - Middle East, 1947-50 Fred Wragg (Royal Lincolnshire Regiment) - Middle East, 1947-50 (3) (detail) Fred Wragg & Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown group (1) - Middle East, 1947-50 (detail) Fred Wragg & Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'B' with grape sellers - Middle East, 1947-50 (detail) Fred Wragg (Royal Lincolnshire Regiment) - Aqaba, Trans-Jordan, 27th June 1950 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'C' - Middle East, 1947-50 (1)
Vehicles in background include a couple of Bedford QLD GS lorries, various Jeeps & an FV11061 Armoured Command Vehicle, AEC 6x6 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'C' - Middle East, 1947-50 (2) Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown Corporal 'D' - Middle East, 1947-50 (1) Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown (Corporal) 'D' - Middle East, 1947-50 (2) Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown Lance-Corporal 'E' & Private 'F' - Middle East, 1947-50
Wearing Regimental Police armbands Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'G' - Middle East, 1947-50 (1) Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'G' - Middle East, 1947-50 (2) Suez Canal Authority Building, Port Said harbour, undated
Possibly a commercially produced photograph Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'H' - Middle East, 1947-50
Wearing Regimental Police armband Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown 'I' - Middle East, 1947-50. With the rest of Fred's army photos, but wearing a rather American-looking cap, so might not actually be Lincolnshire Regiment at all? Sergeant Dixon, Army Physical Training Corps (APTC) - Middle East, 1950 (front)
Inscribed on the back: 'From S. Dixon (APTC) To The Bantam Champion (Egypt) Harry'. ('Harry' being Fred Wragg's nickname, from the famous British jockey & racehorse trainer, Harry Wragg) Sergeant Dixon, Army Physical Training Corps (APTC) - Middle East, 1950 (rear). 'Harry' being Fred's nickname, from the famous British jockey & racehorse trainer, Harry Wragg Sergeant Dixon, Army Physical Training Corps (APTC) & 2 others - Middle East, 1950 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown group (2) - Middle East, c. 1947. Target identification, recognition & indication training using two Lee-Enfield Rifles No. 5 Mk. I (the so-called 'Jungle Carbine') on 'aiming rest' tripod stands Fred Wragg (Royal Lincolnshire Regiment) - Middle East, 1947-50 (4) Royal Lincolnshire Regiment unknown group (3) - Middle East, 1947-50 Beach & sea at unknown location - Middle East, 1947-50 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment - Centre: Eric Danks with trophies - Middle East, 1947-50 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment PT demonstration - possibly Moascar Garrison, Egypt, 1948-50. Probably a commercially produced photograph Wild West show - possibly Moascar Garrison, Egypt, 1948-50. Unknown barracks - Middle East, 1947-50 Open-air cinema - possibly at Tel-Letwinsky, Palestine, July 1947. Fishing in the Sweet Water Canal, Moascar, Egypt, 1948-50. Carrier, SP, 4x4, 40mm AA (Bofors), 30cwt, Morris-Commercial C9/B - unknown Middle East location, undated. Road block - Tel-Letwinsky, Palestine, undated (1) Road block - Tel-Letwinsky, Palestine, undated (2). Cap-badge of soldier in foreground seems to be that of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment UN Airspeed Oxford - Middle East, 1947-50 Middle East photo album front cover Panorama of Haifa, Palestine. Bath-Galim, Haifa, Palestine. The Casino, Haifa, Palestine. King's Way, Haifa, Palestine. The Post Office, Haifa, Palestine. Kadar Kararmel, Haifa, Palestine. Municipality, Haifa, Palestine. Technicum, Haifa, Palestine. Beryl Street, Haifa, Palestine. Haifa, Palestine. Palestine Railways (ex-War Department) Stanier 8F 2-8-0 at unknown location, undated. Wrecked Palestine Railways train at unknown location - Middle East, 1947-50. Palestinian Arab women at unknown location, undated. Bedouins - unknown Middle East location, undated. Arab Legion (al-Jaysh al-Arabi) soldier - Trans-Jordan, undated. HMS Amethyst (F116) leaving harbour, undated. HMS Cardigan Bay (F630) - Venice, June 1948. HMS Cardigan Bay (F630) at sea, undated. Unknown Anti-aircraft Rating, 3rd Class from HMS Cardigan Bay (F630), undated. 3rd Infantry Division unknown Corporal - unknown location & date. Fred Wragg, Eric Danks & 2 unknown ex-Lincolns - Birmingham, mid-1957. Dunkirk Memorial, 29th June 1957 (1) Dunkirk Memorial, 29th June 1957 (2) Photo given to Fred by a family he befriended while serving in Austria 1951-2.  The 3 men on the left are members of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) (State Labour Service). They wear distinctive Dienstmütze caps. All 3 are RAD-Arbeitsmann of Arbeitsgruppe (Work-group/Battalion) 131, Arbeitsgau (District) XIII, Magdeburg-Anhalt.  The other wears a standard Wehrmacht Heer enlisted man's peaked cap (Schirmmütze) and greatcoat (Mantel), over his dress tunic (Waffenrock). Royal Warwickshire Regiment boxing award, c. 1951-52. Awarded to 19036381 Dmr. Wragg F. General Service Medal (1918) with 'Palestine 1945-48' clasp. Awarded to 19036381 Pte. Wragg, F.; fourth issue GSM (awarded between 1948 & 1952) bearing the legend 'GEORGIVS VI DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: +' (omitting third issue phrase 'ET INDIAE IMP' following Indian independence). Medal Box Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalion, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 1) Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 2) Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 3) Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 4) Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 5) Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 6) Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 7) Special order of the day: 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade, dated 28th October 1948 (page 8) 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade programme, 28th October 1948 (front cover) 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade programme, 28th October 1948 (pages 1 & 2) 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade programme, 28th October 1948 (pages 3 & 4) 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade programme, 28th October 1948 (pages 5 & 6) 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade programme, 28th October 1948 (page 7 & notes) 1st & 2nd Battalions, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment amalgamation parade programme, 28th October 1948 (rear cover) Moascar Garrison (Egypt) Novices Boxing Individual Championships programme, dated 25th November 1949 (page 1) Moascar Garrison (Egypt) Novices Boxing Individual Championships programme, dated 25th November 1949 (page 2) Moascar Garrison (Egypt) Novices Boxing Individual Championships programme, dated 25th November 1949 (page 3) 3rd Infantry Brigade District Individual Boxing Championships - 1950 programme, dated 24th January 1950 (front cover) 3rd Infantry Brigade District Individual Boxing Championships - 1950 programme, dated 24th January 1950 (pages 1 & 2) 3rd Infantry Brigade District Individual Boxing Championships - 1950 programme, dated 24th January 1950 (pages 3 & 4) 3rd Infantry Brigade District Individual Boxing Championships - 1950 programme, dated 24th January 1950 (pages 5 & 6) 3rd Infantry Brigade District Individual Boxing Championships - 1950 programme, dated 24th January 1950 (rear cover) Army (Egypt) Individual Boxing Championships Finals - 1950 programme, dated 3rd February 1950 (front cover) Army (Egypt) Individual Boxing Championships Finals - 1950 programme, dated 3rd February 1950 (pages 1 & 2) Army (Egypt) Individual Boxing Championships Finals - 1950 programme, dated 3rd February 1950 (pages 3 & 4) Army (Egypt) Individual Boxing Championships Finals - 1950 programme, dated 3rd February 1950 (pages 5 & 6) Army (Egypt) Individual Boxing Championships Finals - 1950 programme, dated 3rd February 1950 (rear cover) Special Service for the Laying up of the Colours of the former 1st Battalion, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment programme, dated 7th October 1962 (front cover) Special Service for the Laying up of the Colours of the former 1st Battalion, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment programme, dated 7th October 1962 (pages 1 & 2) Special Service for the Laying up of the Colours of the former 1st Battalion, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment programme, dated 7th October 1962 (pages 3 & 4) Special Service for the Laying up of the Colours of the former 1st Battalion, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment programme, dated 7th October 1962 (pages 5 & 6) Special Service for the Laying up of the Colours of the former 1st Battalion, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment programme, dated 7th October 1962 (page 7) Dunkirk Memorial unveiling ceremony ticket (Family of L.Cpl. F.A. Foxon, Lincolnshire Regt.), dated 29th June 1957 (front) Dunkirk Memorial unveiling ceremony ticket (Family of L.Cpl. F.A. Foxon, Lincolnshire Regt.), dated 29th June 1957 (rear) Dunkirk Memorial unveiling ceremony ticket (for a Capt. D.K. Wright), dated 29th June 1957 (front) Dunkirk Memorial unveiling ceremony ticket (for a Capt. D.K. Wright), dated 29th June 1957 (rear) Dunkirk Memorial, 29th June 1957 (3) Address 1947-48. Address 7 April 1949. Address 20 January 1951. Address 12 January 1952. Army Book 64, page 1. Army Book 64, page 2 & 3. Army Book 64, page 4. Army Book 64, page 5. Army Book 64, page 6. Army Book 64, page 7. Army Book 64, page 8. Certificate of Service (cover) Certificate of Service (inside) Record of Service 10th Foot Regimental Association 10th Foot Regimental Association Rex Store, Port Said, Egypt business card (front) Rex Store, Port Said, Egypt business card (rear) 19036381 Pte. Wragg, F. - Army Reserve instructions letter, dated 14th October 1952 19036381 Pte. Wragg, F. - Army Reserve discharge letter, dated 17th November 1958