Born: 1892, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd March 1918; age 27; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Colchester, Essex.

Date of Entry Therein: 11th November 1914.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 4585.

Regiment: Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps), 8th(King’s Royal Irish) Hussars.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:

Sp. Mem. A. 6.

Pargny British Cemetery,






1901   St John’s Children Home, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.


Frederick was 9 years old and an inmate at the children’s workhouse. He was with 2 older sisters, Kate 15 & Alice 14, both girls learning laundry wash & housework.


1911   India


Frederick was 21 and a soldier, ranked Private in the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars.


Frederick’s parents:

John Sheldrake, born 1851 Ipswich, died May 1900, Ipswich.

Ellen Sheldrake (nee Pollard), born 1851, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk, died 1897, Ipswich.


St John’s Children’s Home

A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.

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