Frederick was born in Phillask, Hayle, Cornwall on the 23rd May 1875 to parents Frederick and Ellen (Jenkins).
He was first recorded on the 1881 census, aged six, the oldest of three children. The family lived at 2 Warren Street South, Stoke Damerel with Frederick Snr working as a brass founder. He remained working as a founder but by the 1891 census had also become a licensed victualler, running The Bee Hive pub in Charlotte Street, Stoke Damerel. Frederick Jnr worked as an apprentice brass finisher and he had another four younger siblings.
He was noted as being a labourer prior to joining the Navy, and beginning a very long career as a Boy 2nd Class on 1st June 1894 at HMS Impregnable. His service record listed him as having auburn hair, blue eyes and was 5'7" tall.
HMS IMPREGNABLE - 10/10/1891, rising to Boy 1st Class on 10/11/1892
HMS SWIFTSURE - 05/04/1893 - 26/04/1893
HMS VIVID I - 27/04/1893 - 28/04/1893
HMS ACHILLES - 29/04/1893 - 18/05/1893
HMS CRUISER - 19/05/1893 - 23/08/1893, rising to Ordinary Seaman on 23/05/1893
HMS EDGAR - 23/08/1893 - 30/09/1896, rising to Able Seaman on 01/06/1894, 14 days spent in cells while aboard.
HMS VIVID I - 01/10/1896 - 17/11/1896, rising to Leading Seaman on 17/11/1896
HMS PEMBROKE I - 18/11/1896 - 08/12/1896
HMS WILDFIRE - 09/12/1896 - 01/05/1897
HMS VERNON - 02/05/1897 - 19/03/1898
HMS PEMBROKE - 20/03/1898 - 24/03/1898
HMS SANS PAREIL - 25/03/1898 - 13/01/1899
HMS PACTOLUS - 14/01/1899 - 09/04/1899, reduced in rating to Able Seaman on 13/02/1899 due to 42 days hard labour (reason unknown)
HMS DEVASTATION - 22/05/1899 - 30/06/1899
HMS PACTOLUS - 01/07/1899 - 10/12/1901, rising to Leading Seaman on 22/08/1900 and Petty Officer 2nd Class on 27/11/1900, attached to the ship during the 1901 census, stationed at Gilbraltar, Frederick also married Kate (Hawkins) in the same year.
HMS PEMBROKE - 11/12/1901 - 13/01/1902
HMS GRAFTON - 14/01/1902 - 24/01/1904, rising to Petty Officer 1st Class on 01/04/1902
HMS FLORA - 25/01/1904 - 27/04/1904
HMS ESQUIMALT - 01/10/1904 - 04/11/1904 https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/esquimaltduringwwl/contact/royal-canadian-navy/
HMS BONAVENTURE - 05/11/1904 - 03/02/1905
HMS PEMBROKE I - 04/02/1905 - 15/05/1905
HMS ROYAL OAK - 16/08/1905 - 16/07/1906, derated to Leading Seaman on 16/07/1906
HMS SWIFTSURE - 17/07/1906 - 28/10/1908, rising in rating to Petty Officer 1st Class on 16/11/1901, derated to Able Seaman on 26/06/1907, rising to Leading Seaman on 25/06/1908 and Petty Officer 1st Class on 17/09/1908.
HMS PEMBROKE I - 29/10/1908 - 20/11/1908
HMS ACTAEON - 04/11/1908 - 26/11/1908
HMS VERNON - 27/11/1908 - 20/02/1909
HMS PEMBROKE I - 21/02/1909 - 15/03/1909
HMS ACTAEON - 16/03/1909 - 09/02/1911, rising to Petty Officer on 29/10/1909
HMS PEMBROKE I - 10/02/1911 - 06/04/1911, while on leave Frederick filled in the 1911 census form for his household, listing his wife and four children, the youngest, Ellen just three months old. The family had moved from Dorset to Kent within the previous two years and had settled at 99 Upper Milton Road, Gillingham, Kent*.
HMS ACTAEON - 07/04/1911 - 30/03/1914
HMS PEMBROKE I - 31/03/1914 - 30/06/1914
HMS VANGUARD - 01/07/1916 - 09/07/1917, rising to Acting Chief Petty Officer on 01/07/1916, Frederick also served aboard during the Battle of Jutland.
His widow and children were awarded Frederick’s naval pension along with his war medals, the Star, Victory and British.
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1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 England Census
Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1900-1928 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 241
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: 007 (1914 - 1919)
World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 016/0049/BAR-BAR
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