Frederick Arthur Toseland

Text and Research by Brian Roote

Private Frederick Arthur Toseland (number 39067), 7th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, 1889-1917

Frederick was born in Leicester in 1879 to Arthur and Jane. His father was a blacksmith. By 1911 he had moved south to Upper Court Road, Epsom, and had got a job at Horton Mental Hospital as a gardener. He met and married Mary Day in London in 1910. He enlisted in Aldershot.

Frederick was killed on board SS Transylvania which was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-63 in 4 May 1917 just off the coast of Savona. The ship was heading towards Alexandria from Marseilles carrying 2680 British troops, 200 officers and 60 Red Cross Nurses. This resulted in one of the largest single losses of life of military personnel in World War 1 as 412 lives were lost. Most of the casualties were buried in Savona. The Transylvania was being escorted by 2 Japanese ships who saved many lives. The wreck was discovered in 2011.

He is remembered in the LCC Book of Remembrance and memorial on Savona.

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