Picture of Frederick from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 23rd August 1918

Born: 13th August 1891, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

 Died: 25th June 1918; age 26; KiA.

Residence: 68, Handford Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. Cranfield’s Mills, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 42306

Regiment: East Yorkshire Regiment, 11th Battalion.

Formerly 18658, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 4,

Ploegsteert Memorial,



2020 – The C.W.G.C. recently up-dated Frederick’s information on their website:

Recent research has shown that Corporal Skinner is buried here. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave. Please note that this casualty was previously commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial; his name will be removed when the appropriate panel is next replaced.

The personal inscription chosen for Corporal Skinner’s headstone is musical notation from Land of Hope and Glory, and a cross has been selected as the appropriate religious emblem. There is only one other Commission headstone bearing musical notation. 

7th February 2022 – MoD WAR DETECTIVES announced on their website:

 A Rededication Service will take place for Frederick Herbert Skinner, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, 11th Battalion, at 10.30 a.m. at Nieppe Bois (Rue-du-Bois) British Cemetery, France.

Grave Reference:

Row A, Grave 5.

Nieppe-Bois (Rue-Du-Bois) British Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Emma Skinner, of 10 Gatacre Road, Ipswich; husband of Mrs Amelia Alice Sadler (formerly Skinner), of 26, Shackleton Road, Nacton Estate, Ipswich.






1901   Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Frederick was 9 years old and living with his family & siblings.

Frederick Skinner, 32, a Sack & Cloth Cutter, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Emma Skinner, 30, born Hadleigh.

Charles Henry Skinner, 8, born Hadleigh.

Elsie May Skinner, 6, born Hadleigh.

Stanley William Skinner, 4, born Hadleigh.

Harold Victor Skinner, 2, born Hadleigh.


Frederick (snr.) and Emma Skinner.

1911   156, Handford Road, Ipswich.


Frederick was 19 years old, a General Labourer – Sack & Tent Factory. He was married and Head of the Household.

Amelia, 19.

Frederick, 1 month.


In 1910, Ipswich, Frederick married Amelia Alice Carter, born 1891, Ipswich.

They had 3 children:

Frederick Albert Skinner, born February 1911, Ipswich.

Ruby Amelia Skinner, born January 1913, Ipswich.

Gladys May Skinner, born August 1915, Ipswich – died 1920, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Amelia Skinner – widow.




Frederick’s son, Frederick Albert Skinner, died on the 13th October 1943, as a result of  the Second World War. He was 32 years old, and ranked a Trooper, service number 804558, of the Royal Armoured Corps. Frederick was laid to rest at Ipswich New Cemetery.





Kevin Knights 10th March 2022

An incredible day today, a day I never dreamed would happen and will never forget. Almost 104 years after he was killed my Great Uncle Frederick Herbert Skinner finally received the send off he deserved with full military honours. Killed in action on the 25th April 1918 aged 26, the oldest and last of the three brothers to be killed. I was honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of the family and pay my respects.
Made even more remarkable when the Chaplin to the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, the Reverend Ben Norton and I discovered the night before that we are related. His grandmother being a Knights in a mutual family tree !!
Fittingly the weather was fabulous. Nieppe Bois is a beautiful cemetery nestled into the Nieppe Forest. Batallion records show that Frederick was probably killed very close to this area.
A huge thank you to Michael Lowe who conducted the research which identified the location of Frederick’s grave. Also to Rosie Barron and her team of the Joint Casualty and Commemoration Centre Compassionate team ( MOD War detectives) who followed up this research and then organised this amazing rededication. Also to Catherine of the fabulous Commonwealth War Graves Commission who has been so helpful with my research.
To Warrant Officer Class 2 Arun Cofax MBE representing the British Embassy Paris. Lieutenant Matthew Lehman 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and Captain Jacob Kite Regimental Adjutant, The Royal Welsh who all partook in the service.
To the French Mayor and local dignitaries and representatives of CWGC who maintain this and other cemeteries to impeccable standards. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone !
RIP Corporal Frederick Herbert Skinner


East Yorkshire Regiment, 11th Battalion



One Comment

  • To Kevin Knights – the perfect way to say goodbye, sombre but uplifting at the same time. Well done. I know how you feel, because on 31st August 2018 I did a pilgrimage to The Somme for a related reason. Using my Grandfather’s 1918 diary I retraced his foot-steps, 100 to the day, when he sought and found the last resting place of his cousin. I wrote-up my experience as a nice personal history document, and I would be happy to share it with you. And… I guess you will remember me from our days, many years ago, working at the Dept of Employment, Ipswich. David Whyman.


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