Gunner Frederick Walter Heal

Frederick Walter Heal © Dorking Advertiser
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research.

Frederick was born in Dorking to William and Alice. William was a photographer, born in Devon and moving to Southampton where he married Alice and where they had their first daughter. They came to Dorking in 1888. Fredrick was born in Wathen Road, Dorking on 20th June 1897 and was baptised on 16th July 1897 at St. Martin’s Church, Dorking.

In 1901, the family were still living in Wathen Road. The family had grown to include nine brothers and sisters, including Percy, who would also die in WW1.

The 1911 Census shows the family still living at 35 Wathen Road, and the family had increased by two more children. Frederick was a schoolboy at the Dorking British School.

After leaving school, Frederick worked at the Kings Store on South Street.

Frederick joined the “A” Battalion, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner. His regimental number was 39505. Frederick died of wounds in near Ypres on 9th August 1917 aged 20. He is buried in Bedford House Cemetery Enclosure No. 2. Plot number II. B. 15

Born                            Dorking
Lived                           Dorking

Son of                          William T. and Alice Francis Heal of 35 Wathen Road, Dorking

School                         Dorking British School (Powell Corderoy School)

Enlisted                       Guildford

Regiment                     “A” Battery, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Number                       39505

Date of Death              9th August 1917
Place of Death             Flanders
Cause of Death           Died of Wounds

Age                              20

Cemetery                    Bedford House Cemetery, Ypres