Frederick Charles Teucher. (Ch) M 4973 Sick Berth Attendant.


Frederick was born on 4th April 1893 in Hastings, Sussex, his parents Charles and Anne and the last of four children. Recorded on the 1901 census, he was 7 years old, living with his parents and older siblings at 18 St Johns Road in the parish of St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. By 1911 all children except Frederick had left home - he and his parents lived at 17 Calvert Road, All Saints, Hastings, but his occupation is unknown.

Leaving his clerk job in 1912, Frederick enlisted with the Navy on 3rd August and began his probationary Sick Berth Attendant period at HMS PEMBROKE I, waiting for a posting. He was sent a week later to Chatham Hospital on 10th August 1912, where he remained until 1st August 1914. He was confirmed as a Sick Berth Attendant on 3rd August 1913, a year before being posted to his first and only ship, just before war was declared.

Frederick passed provisionally for 2nd Sick Berth Attendant on 11th August 1915, with passing confirmed on 1st July 1917, his position on the ship imperative during the Battle of Jutland, but fortunately not required by any of the crew, for the ship sustained no damage.

Frederick’s character ran clean until 7th March 1917 where he was discharged from service and spent 3 days in the cells, for reason’s unknown. He re-joined the crew on 10th March 1917. As well as his duties aboard the ship, he was also part of the entertainment group and featured as one of the main characters in the ship’s production “Double Salvoes”, playing the part of Dorothy, the Squire’s daughter.




Frederick Teucher in costume in "Double Salvoes"

As Frederick never married his pension was awarded to his mother, his Star, Victory and British medals claimed by the “legal representative” of his father.

Frederick had auburn hair, blue eyes and was 5' 7" tall - he was killed aged 24.

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Sources:

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

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: 1027

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: 010 (1914 - 1919)

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths

CWGC Register

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/10; Scan Number: 0675

WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 180/0917/TEN-THA

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 11

Photo http://www.ww1rollofhonour.co.uk



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