Caulfield, Frederick (No. LT/JX 183819)

Caulfield, Frederick

Leading Seaman

LT/JX 183819, HM Motor Minesweeper 117, Royal Naval Patrol Service

Killed in action on Friday 1 September 1944 (aged 28)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Suffolk (Panel 14 Column 1)

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that Leading Seaman Frederick Caulfield was a son of Frederick and Agnes Caulfield and the husband of Mary Caulfield of Bangor, Co Down.

Frederick Caulfield was born at 11.30 am on 14 October 1915 at 26 Charlotte Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire and he was a son of Agnes Caulfield, a domestic servant.

Frederick Caulfield worked as a waiter in Lisburn and he and Mary Boyd, a servant, were married on 1 November 1936 in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Lisburn.  Mary Boyd was a daughter of Andrew Boyd, a riveter.

During the Second World War, Frederick Caulfield served in the Royal Naval Patrol Service and his wife, Mary, lived at 17 Clandeboye Place, Bangor.

Leading Seaman Frederick Caulfield (No. LT/JX 183819) served aboard HM Motor Minesweeper (HMMM) 117.  When the Royal Naval Reserves were mobilised in August 1939, Lowestoft became the Central Depot for the Royal Naval Patrol Service and the RNPS Depot became known as HMS Europa. The importance of small ships for minesweeping had first been recognised during the First World War.

Built in 1942 by J.S. Doig Ltd., Grimsby, HMMM 117 was sunk by a mine off Civitavecchia, Italy on 1 September 1944.  Leading Seaman Frederick Caulfield (No. LT/JX 183819) was one of some 17 men who were killed, and he is commemorated on Lowestoft Naval Memorial in Suffolk.

Leading Seaman Frederick Caulfield (No. LT/JX 183819) was 28 when he died, and his death was reported in the 21 October 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Bangor Seaman Presumed Killed.

After Frederick died, his wife Mary moved to Scarborough in Ontario, Canada and she died there in 1980.