FREDERICK CHARLES WELLS

Born: 1886, Stoke, Ipswich.

Baptised: 16th April 1886, at St. Mary’s Stoke, Ipswich.

Died: 19th April 1917, age 31; KiA – at the 2nd Battle of Gaza. Served 12 years & 154 days.

Wife notified on the 31st January 1918.

 

Enlistment Details in to the Bedfordshire Regiment: Location: Ipswich; Date: 17th November 1904; Age: 18 years & 11 months; Occupation: Groom; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft & 1 1/2ins – after 6 months 5ft & 6 1/4ins, dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. 3 teeth defective.

 

Appointed – Lance Corporal unpaid – 7th January 1908.

Appointed – Lance Corporal paid 13th July 1909.

Promoted – Corporal 18th September 1911.

Promoted – Acting Sergeant 6th September 1914.

Admitted to No. 2. General Hospital 12th April 1915 – Bronchitis. Sent to England 16th April 1915 Hospital Ship ‘Nerassa.’

Posted – Norfolk Regiment – 6th January 1916.

Embarked – Devonport – Egypt  – 18th January 1916 – aboard H.T. “Megantic.”

Disembarked – Alexandria – 28th January 1916.

Joined 1/4th Norfolk Regiment – 4th February 1916.

Appointed paid Lance Corporal vice Cullum invalided – Cairo – 6th March 1916

Bone in stomach – Cairo – admitted Red X Hospital, Giza.

Rejoined unit – Serapeum – 7th June 1916.

Promoted Corporal vice Amies promoted – 31st July 1916.

Reported as Missing 19th April 1917 in the field.

KiA – Body found in the field 19th April 1917.

 

Service:

Home – 17th November 1904 – 12th January 1906

India – 13th January 1906 – 23rd October 1908

Home – 24th October 1908 – 1st January 1912

South Africa – 2nd January 1912 – 13th January 1914

Home 14th January 1914 – 18th September 1914

France 19th September 1914 – 19th April 1915

Home 20th April 1915 – 16th January 1916

M.E.F. 17th January 1916 – 19th April 1917.

 

Offences:

31st December 1911 – Disobedience of Aldershot Command Standing Orders i.e. Attempting to leave Aldershot by train without a pass – about 2.15pm. – Severely reprimanded.

1st September 1914 Absent from 8am when required for duty till 5.30am – 2nd September 1914. Severely reprimanded – forfeit one days pay.

9th March 1915 – Tried by Field General Court Martial near Ypres. ” Gambling with Pte. Soldiers.” Guilty, sentenced to be reduced to the Ranks. Confirmed on 10th March 1915 by General E. Northey.

 

Date of Entry Therein: 19th September 1914.

Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 201256

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 1st-4th Battalion.

Formerly 8122, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.

 

 

Originally buried on the Gaza battlefield on Suffolk Ridge, Atawineh in November 1917. Re- buried – 20th February 1919:

Grave Reference:

XXIII.F.9.

Gaza War Cemetery,

Israel & Palestine,

(including Gaza).

 

Next of Kin: mother – Mary Ann Wells, 3, Euston Square, London & wife – Elizabeth Wells, 72, Victoria Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   6, Station Street, Ipswich.

 

Frederick was 5 years old and living with his father & siblings.

Emmanuel Wells, 51, a Boiler Makers Labourer, born Ipswich.

Jane Wells, 19, born Occold, Suffolk.

Ernest Wells, 15, an Errand Boy, born Occold.

 

1901   60, Pauline Street, Ipswich.

 

Frederick was 15 years old, a Groom. He & his father were boarders at the home of 33 year old, Joseph Mallett, a Shoe Maker.

Emmanuel, 61, a Boiler Maker.

 

1911   Maida Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot, Surrey.

 

Frederick was 25 years old, a Soldier, ranked Corporal.

 

Frederick‘s mother was Mary Ann Gooderham, born 1844, Hoo, Suffolk.

 

On the 4th July 1915, at All Saints Church, Ipswich, Frederick married Elizabeth Offord, born 1885, Ipswich.

 

On the 27th December 1921, Elizabeth Wells received her late husbands British War medal.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Wells – widow.

 Norfolk Regiment, 1st-4th Battalion.

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