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Frederick Charles Marshall (Dev) M 10914, Wireman 1st Class

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Frederick was born on 16th September 1895 in Nottingham to parents James and Alice. James worked as an insurance agent, self employed and supported his family at 135 Branstone Road, Burton during the 1901 census. Frederick was then aged five, the second of three children.

Ten years later, on the 1911 census the family had moved to 5 Beech Street, Burton on Trent - Frederick aged fifteen had an apprenticeship at an electrical works, his father had given up being an insurance agent and worked in a brewery as a labourer.

Upon leaving his job in the civilian world as an electrician it made sense to use his skills in the Navy where he trained as a Wireman when he joined on 15/12/1914 for the duration of hostilities, recorded as 5’9” tall with brown hair, dark grey eyes and a fresh complexion.

HMS VERNON - 15/12/1914 - 17/12/1914, training as a wireman, part of the Armoury Crew

HMS VIVID - 18/12/1914 - 12/02/1915

HMS MARLBOROUGH - 13/02/1915 - 15/06/1915

HMS VANGUARD - 16/06/1915 - 09/07/1917, rising to Wireman 2nd Class on 01/10/1915 and Wireman 1st Class on 01/05/1916 and serving aboard during the Battle of Jutland.

Upon his death, Frederick’s pension was awarded to his mother, his father received his Star, Victory and British war medals. He is remembered in perpetuity on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

His Death Penny was recently noticed on an internet selling site.

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England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 Free BMD

1901 & 1911 England Census

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 1039

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: 009 (1914 - 1919)

CWGC Register

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 109

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/9; Scan Number: 0402

World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 133/0626/Mar-Mar

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Frederick image courtesy of A Pickering.

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