Frederick Arthur Vladimir Wevill. RNR, Midshipman.


Frederick was born on 4th September 1900 to parents Arthur and Irene (Millard), possibly born at Rice Lane, Walton on the Hill where they were recorded on the 1901 census. Arthur was a bank manager, employing a domestic servant and domestic nurse within the household, where Frederick was seven months old.

Frederick joined the Navy on 15th January 1916, based on the training ship HMS CONWAY, anchored on the Mersey. HMS Conway was established to train boys to become officers within the Merchant Navy. He was discharged from the vessel on 1st may 1917 and proceeded to travel and joined the HMS VANGUARD on 7th May 1917, serving aboard for two months before he was killed aged just 16.

His Victory and British war medals were claimed by his mother following his death. He is remembered on a family headstone in St Peter’s Churchyard, Merseyside and in perpetuity on the Chatham Naval Memorial.




Portrait of Frederick - National Museum of the Royal Navy

(#99 - 808/843)

Sources:

England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 FreeBMD

1901 England census

ADM 196/124/228 - National Archives

UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970 Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1917

UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current

CWGC Register

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 91

Images - National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Liverpool Daily Post.


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