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Frederick Skelton

Rank: Private

Lifetime: 1880-1917

Reference: 40345

Skelton

The Arras Memorial on which Private Frederick Skelton is commemorated

Private Frederick Skelton (40345) of the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment died on 29 May 1917 aged 35. He has no known grave and so is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Frederick was born on 1 April 1879 [possibly 1880?] in Stoke D’Abernon, (Oxshott) Surrey and baptised at the Parish Church of St Mary’s on 23rd May 1880 according to the Church records held at the Surrey Record Centre. The 1891 census reveals that Frederick (then aged 11) came from a large family. His parents, William and Louisa Skelton, had seven children living with them in Stoke Abernon: Davis (19); William J (17); Frederick (11); Henry E (5); twins Annie E and Arthur J (3); and baby Emily (4 months). By the time of the next Census, in 1901, when Frederick was aged 21, the family home had lost Davis (who had presumably moved out) and Annie.

Shortly afterwards Frederick left home, marrying Amy Celia Hammond from Wimbledon on 24 April 1905. By the time of the 1911 Census he was 31, employed as a gardener and living at 1 Stamford Cottages (located off the High Street) at Hampton Wick with his wife and two daughters, Nellie Gertrude Celia (aged 4) and Violet Lilian May (aged 1). By the time of his death, the family were living at 1 Hesley Cottages, Hampton Wick, where his widow, Amy, continued to reside until 1935.

According to his records in UK Soldiers who Died in the Great War, Frederick enlisted in Staines. His Medal Card Index indicates that he first served overseas after 1 January 1916 as he was only entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He must have originally joined the Eat Kent Regiment as this is mentioned on his Medal Card and then transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment. His Battalion was part of the 29th Division and had been evacuated from Gallipoli and sent to France in March 1916.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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