Born: 1875, Leiston, Suffolk.

Died: 27th November 1900; age: 26; Died of Enteric Fever at Bethehem, Free State, South Africa.

Residence: 71, Chester Terrace, Brighton.

Owles family home: 14, Long Row, Leiston, Suffolk.

Occupation: an Iron Machinist at a railway company’s works, Brighton. 

Enlistment Date: 1st March 1900.

Frederick volunteered for the front and was readily accepted in the Bearer Company of the 1st Royal Sussex Volunteer Battalion, and left for South Africa on the 17th March 1900, on the ‘Gaika.’


Rank: Private; Service Number: 13452.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 23rd Field Hospital, South African Field Force.

Formerly of the Bearer Company of the 1st Royal Sussex Volunteer Battalion.


Clasp Awarded: Cape Colony.




1881   Aldbro Road, Leiston, Suffolk.


Frederick was 6 years old and living with his widowed mother, brother, step siblings & step cousin.

Eliza Owles (nee Haward), 41, a Charwoman, born Knoddishall, Suffolk.

Mabel Maria Owles, 12, born Leiston.

Reginald Edward Owles, 11, born Leiston.

Ernest Owles, 7, born Leiston.


1891   J.R. Roberts Department Store, 80a, 80, 82, 84, 86, 88, 90, 92, Broadway, West Ham, Essex.

Frederick was 16 years old, a Draper’s Porter – Department Store – Furniture, Bedding, Carpets, Linoleum, Ironmongery,China, Boots & Shoes.

His 16 year old friend, from Long Row, Leiston, Jesse Frank Marjoram was also a Draper’s Porter at the Department Store.


Frederick’s father was Edward Owles, born 1842, Leiston – died 1877, Leiston. A Carpenter.


Frederick was educated at Leiston, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Levett Girling – brother-in-law (husband of  Frederick’s step sister, Mabel Owles).


Probate to William Levett Girling – brother-in-law, an engineer.


Frederick is remembered on the Boer War memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Brighton, and on his parents headstone at St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Leiston cum Sizewell, Suffolk.


The Ipswich Journal – Saturday, 16th February 1901 – LEISTON’S MAN’S DEATH AT THE FRONT News of the sudden death of Corporal William Owles, R.A.M.C., 23rd Field Hospital, South Africa, has just reached his widowed mother and brothers, at Leiston. Deceased was educated at Leiston, and after working for a time there, he proceeded to Stratford, and from thence to the Railway Company’s Works at Brighton. Here he studied ambulance in his spare time, and when Volunteers were required for the front he was readily accepted in the Bearer Company of the 1st Royal Sussex Volunteer Battalion, and left on the 17th March, last year, in the Gaika. On the voyage out, Frederick was promoted Lance Corporal, and very soon after getting “up country” he received further promotion, being made Acting-Quartermaster-Sergeant. On the 27th November he was attacked with enteric fever, and very soon succumbed to the disease.


The Boer War.

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