The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Frederick Thomas
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘D ’ Company, 13 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Dangin, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- James Montague Tregenza
- Mothers's Name:
- Mary Jane Tregenza
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 31.
- Cause of Death:
- Missing in Action
- Place of Death:
- 2/20 Battalion Headquarters
- Date of Death:
Fred Tregenza enlisted with the AIF same time as his brother Jack – 30 Oct 1940. He later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘D’ Company No. 13 Platoon with Commanding Officer Lt Wankey.
Whilst retiring from his gun position on the west coast of Singapore Fred’s convoy was ambushed and machine gunned by the enemy. The trucks were abandoned and the men scattered and attempted to make their way to 2/20th Battalion Headquarters. Fred was last seen with George Quinn who managed to escape to Sumatra. It is believed Fred was killed somewhere on or near Lim Chu Kang Road.
Older brother to John Ernest Tregenza WX9325 who Died 2/9/1943 Brankassi Cerebral Malaria.
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Jack and Fred’s father James (Jim) Montague Tregenza with his brothers John and Charles Henry moved from Timaru, New Zealand to Western Australia before 1906.
In 1906 Jim married Mary Jane Brown and his brother John Tregenza married Mary’s sister Elizabeth Brown.
The brothers took up land in the Dangin area.
Fred was the eldest son in a large family including twin sisters.
Between the birth of Fred and Jack is brother Albert Andrew born in 1911. He married in 1934 Florrie Dack who was a Fairbridge Farm School girl. Florrie would have known 2/4th boys Harry Scadden, Syd Osborne, Jack Maude and others who were at Fairbridge during same time.
The death of these two young farmers was a tragic loss to their family and the community.
Fred and Lin MacDonald have their names included on the Quairading District Honour Board WW2
Height 5′ 7″