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FREDERICK JOHN WINSLOW HILL – ONE OF OUR FIRST CHOIRBOYS, AND THE FIRST ST. ANDREW’S WAR DEATH
Born: 4th April 1895 Smitham Bottom (now Coulsdon)
Baptism: 5th May 1895 at St Andrew’s Chapel, Coulsdon
Address: 6, Chipstead Villas, Beddington (now Coulsdon)
Occupation: Labourer Marital status: Single
Parents: John Richard and Elizabeth (nee Winslow) Hill
Date enlisted: 1911 as a boy cadet aged 16
Physical features: Height 5’9½” – chest 35” – black hair – grey eyes –
fresh complexion – birth mark on left hip at age 18
Royal Navy Rank / Service No: Able Seaman J/10968 (Po.).
Date of death: 26th November 1914.
Burial place: Body not recovered.
Memorials: Portsmouth Navel Memorial – Panel 2.
St Andrew’s,Church, Coulsdon, Woodcote Village Green
Marlpit Lane, Coulsdon, Purley War Memorial Hospital
Medals: Victory Medal, British War Medal and 1914 Star
Frederick, a former choirboy, was the first St. Andrew’s parishioner to give his life during World War 1. His parents married in 1894 and in the 1901 census he was living with his parents and younger brother Hubert. His father was born in Wales and worked at Cane Hill Asylum as an Attendant on the Insane and as a Mortuary Keeper. His mother was born in Somerset and was living at 12, Victoria Road, Coulsdon when notified of Frederick’s death. In the 1911 census Frederick was a boy cadet on HMS Impregnable in Devonport. Some of the other ships he served on were Berwick, Victory I, Irresistible, Swiftsure, St Vincent and Bulwark. Frederick died when HMS Bulwark blew up mysteriously near Sheerness whilst at anchor. Eyewitnesses said that when the smoke had cleared there was no sign of the ship. The explosion was thought to have been caused by the accidental ignition of ammunition on board. In all, 745 men and 51 officers were killed. Five of the14 who survived died later of their wounds. (Research: Jenny Bowey)