Frederick William Charles Freshwater (1882–1917), Private (26264) in the 11th (Service) Battalion (Lewisham), the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, attached to the Trench Mortar Battery. He was killed in France on 5 August 1917. He has a Commonwealth War Grave in the Godewaersvelde British Cemetery in France, so his body—if ever recovered—is not buried at Mill Road.

Frederick Freshwater
Frederick Freshwater

Frederick was born in 1882 in Cambridge. He was the natural born son of Mary Ann Louise Prime. However, after his mother married, Charles Barron Freshwater Frederick took on Charles’ surname, Freshwater. Frederick was a line etcher. He married Alice Smith on 8 April 1906 at St Mark, Tollington Park, London. They had two children: Dorothy Alice (1907–1997); and Reginald Frederick Charles (1909–1984). The family lived at 67 Moselle Avenue, Woodford Green, Middlesex.

Frederick enlisted at Woodford Green as a Private (26264) in the 11th (Service) Battalion (Lewisham), the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment attached to the Trench Mortar Battery. He died of wounds in France on 5 August 1917. His Battalion took part in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, which ended three days before Frederick’s death. Frederick was entitled to the Victory medal and British war medal. At the time of his death his family were living at 91 Sussex Road, Holloway, London.

Freshwater grave
Freshwater monument



Lat Lon : 52.202115, 0.13686224 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

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England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
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By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

Frederick William Charles Freshwater