The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private F Squirrell


Private Frederick SQUIRRELL, G/18136, 7th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed between 21st March 1918 & 28th March 1918.

19th May 1893, born Hitcham, Suffolk, son of Thomas Squirrell.

1911 Census - Carrier, High Street, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk - Thomas Squirrell, head, age 44, married, Carrier, Carrier Business, own account, born Hitcham, Suffolk; Lizzie Squirrell, wife, age 45, married 23 years, 11 children, 10 still alive, born Bradfield St Clare, Suffolk; Frederick Squirrell, son, age 17, carrier, works for father, born  Hitcham, Suffolk; Dorothy Squirrell, daughter, age 15, single, housemaid domestic, works for father, born  Hitcham, Suffolk; Robert Squirrell, son, age 10, born Bildeston, Suffolk; Elsie Squirrell, daughter, age 8, born Bildeston, Suffolk; Vere Squirrell, daughter, age 6, born Bildeston, Suffolk; Thomas Squirrell, son, age 4, born Bildeston, Suffolk.

Enlisted Bildeston, Suffolk, age 22 years & 6 months, height 5ft 7½ inches, slight hammer toes, loss & decay of five teeth.  Resided High Street, Bildeston, near Ipswich, Suffolk. Formerly carrier.

Home 10th December 1915 to 26th August 1916; BEF 27th August 1916 to 17th October 1916; Home 18th October 1916 to 28th Match 1917; BEF 29th March 1917 to 4th June 1917; Home 5th June 1917 to 11th March 1918; BEF 12th March 1918 to 21st March 1918.

10th December 1915, enlisted; 11th December 1915, to Army Reserve;

21st May 1916, Bildeston, Suffolk, Frederick R H Squirrell, married Kate Mary Brooks, spinster, (born 4th March 1895), Crown Hotel, Bildeston, Suffolk.

24th May 1916, mobilized & posted 3/1 Battalion, Suffolk Yeomanry, Service No.2656; 27th August 1916, posted BEF & 1/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment; 7th September 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th September 1916, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th October 1916 to 3rd November 1916, Military Hospital, Birkenhead, shrapnel wound lips? & injury to right knee; 18th October 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 25th November 1916 to 26th February 1917, Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham by Sea, gun shot wound mouth & contusion right knee, has had a course of special drill; 27th February 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th March 1917, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th June 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th June 1917 to 4th July 1917, Military Hospital, Aux, Wellington Road, Liverpool, bronchitis; 4th July 1917 to 15th September 1917, Liverpool Convalescent Institution, Woolton, bronchitis; 16th September 1917 to 25th September 1917, furlough from 1st Western General Hospital, Fazakerley, Liverpool; 25th September 1917, posted Eastern Command Depot; 12th March 1918, posted BEF; 121th March 1918, Infantry Base Depot "J"; 14th March 1918, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th March 1918, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st to 28th March 1918, posted missing.

22nd December 1918, date when Separation Allowance of 12/6 a week payable to wife will cease.

23rd December 1918, pension of 13/9 a week awarded to widow.

1919 September, Bildeston, Suffolk, Kate M Squirrell, married Bertie L Starling.

16th August 1920, Statement of Relatives (addressed to Crown Hotel, Bildeston, Suffolk, which is where Mrs Starling previously Squirrell works & lives) - Widow, Kate Mary Starling, High Street, Bildeston; Father, Thomas Squirrell, High Street, Bildeston; Mother, Mrs T Squirrel, High Street, Bildeston; Brothers - Robert Squirrell; John? Squirrell; Sisters - 5, address not known.

Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Panel 58 and 59, France / St Mary Magdalene Church, Bildeston / Bildeston War Memorial.

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