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Lt Col Frederick Dunbar Heath

Born: 1885 and died 1954.
Son of: Arthur Raymond Heath (1854-1943) and  Flora Jean Baxter (1860-1953).
Brother of:
1. Violet Mary Heath (1882-1904).
2. Capt Raymond Leopold Grieg Heath (1885-1915).
Frederick married: in 1921 Dorothy Jane Nairne Spencer (1892-1975).
Frederick and Dorothy had issue:
1. Pamela Jean Nairne Roberts (nee Heath, 1922-2000) who married David Glyn Roberts (1922-2005).
2. Shelia Mary Howells (nee Heath, born 1926) who married Windsor Howells (born 1927).
3. Michael Raymond Heath (1928-2008) who married Felicity Fife (born 18 July 1931).  They had four children; Christian Raymond Heath (born 29 Jan 1958), Rupert John Heath (born 4 May 1959), Henry Sebastion Heath (born 21 April 1962), Persephone Venetia Hagen nee Heath (born 12 March 1965).

Lt Col Frederick Dunbar Heath: An Overview

We know about Frederick from the following sources:
1. Entry in the book "Records of the Heath Family Vol 1" by George Heath, 1913. 
2. Entry in the book "Records of the Heath Family Vol 2" by George Heath, 1920.

Records of the Heath Family Vol 1, page 101, reads as follows:

Frederick Dunbar, born at Thorpe Hall, Louth, Lincs., Dec. 8th, 1889, educated at Harrow.
He entered with Price Forbes & Co., insurance brokers, in 1909, and became an underwriting member of Lloyd's in Jan., 1912.


Records of the Heath Family Vol 2, page 33, reads as follows:

Sussex Yeomanry

Educated at Hall's school, Colchester, whence he entered Owen's house at Harrow. After leaving Harrow he spent six months in France in order to learn French.

On the breaking out of the war, he was offered a commission in the 2nd Sussex Yeomanry, which was then being raised by the late Col. Rawson, M.P., and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. in that regiment in the autumn of 1914. He was promoted Lieut in 1915,and temp. Capt in May, 1916. Afterwards he was for a short time Aide-de-camp to his uncle , Major General F.C. Heath-Caldwell, C.B., then Commanding the Portsmouth district. Being, however, very anxious for active service, he re-joined his regiment, then forming part of the Eastern command under Lord Lovat.

The ½ Sussex Yeomanry were brigaded in the Eastern mounted Brigade under Lord Lovat, and had a very rough time in the coast patrols they had to undertake during the blizzard of the winter 1915-1916.

In September, 1916, he was selected with five other officers to take out a large draft of 300 men from 2nd Sussex Yeomanry to reinforce the 11th Battn Queen's West Surrey Regiment. He as very severely wounded in the trenches at Wylschaets, being shot (Page 34) through the neck, and when he arrived at Anstie Grange Red Cross Hospital, was paralysed in both arms and legs. After making a marvellous recovery, he was attached, during the summer of 1917, to 4th Sussex at Tunbridge Wells, and was gazetted permanent Capt. in June of the same year. He went through the officer's course at Bedford, which he passed with very high marks. Being very anxious to return to the front, he was attached, so soon as he could pass the medical board, to 18th Gloucesters, July 18th, 1918, and in August , being in command of a company, he left for France with his regiment.

The 18th Gloucesters was a great deal of fighting in the British advance of that autumn, particularly round Tournai, in the course of which F.D.H. had the unpleasant experience of being slightly gassed. After the Armistice he signed up for another year's service, and on the disbandment of the 18th Gloucesters was given command of 118 labour company in France, but retains his rank of permanent Captain in the Sussex Yeomanry. The two brigades are now amalgamated.


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