Born: 1892, Ipswich.
Died: 4th May 1915; age 23; KiA.
Residence: 27, Mount Street, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 15th September 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/8448
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.
A cross was identified at the “Rest And Be Thankful Farm,” Kemmel, in January 1920 for Frederick. In October 1923, a Special Memorial Cross was erected for Frederick and Charles William Weidner at Wytshaete Military Cemetery, inscribed “ Their Glory Shall Not Be Blotted Out” – To the memory of these two soldiers killed in action in 1915 and 1917, and buried at the time in “Rest And Be Thankful Farm,” Kemmel whose graves were destroyed in later battles.
Charles William Weidner was born 1887, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, son of Alderman John Frederick Weidner, J.P. steamship owner and shipbrooker & Isabella Weidner, of Condercum House, Benwell. He was ranked a Gunner, service number 171538, of the Royal Field Artillery, ‘A’ Battery, 59th Brigade. Charles, of Seymour Grove, Manchester, Lancashire, was KiA by shell near Messines, on the 5th June 1917, he left behind a widow and one young daughter.
Rest And Be Thankful Farm,
‘Rest & Be Thankful’ Farm,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. E.B. Mills, of 27, Mount Street, Ipswich.
1901 Randall’s Court, Rope Walk, Ipswich.
Frederick was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Benjamin Mills, 39, a Driver – own account, born Ufford, Suffolk.
Emma Elizabeth Brooks, 29, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Ethel Mabel Brooks, 11, born Ipswich.
Wilfred Ernest Brooks, 6, born Ipswich.
Arthur John Brooks, 5, born Ipswich.
Emma Elizabeth Brooks, 7 months, born Ipswich.
1911 27, Mount Street, Ipswich.
Frederick was 19 years old, a Printer’s Assistant. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Benjamin, 49, a General Labourer.
Ernest, 15, an Errand Lad.
Nellie Louisa Brooks, 8, born Ipswich.
Flora I. Mills, 2 months, born Ipswich – died 1912, Ipswich.
Frederick’s parents Benjamin & Emma married in 1907, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Emma Brooks – mother.
Frederick is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.
Frederick is also remembered at The Mission Free Church Ipswich Curriers Lane
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion: