Private Frederick Henry Plummer

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Frederick Plummer Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Frederick Plummer Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Frederick Henry Plummer was born in the 1st quarter of 1886 in Framfield, Sussex to agricultural labourer, poultry man Frank Plummer and Georgina Plummer nee Taylor.

Frederick Henry’s father Frank Plummer was born in the 4th quarter of 1859 in East Hoathly, Sussex to blacksmith John Plummer, born about 1828 in East Hoathly, and Sarah A. Plummer born about 1830 in Buxted, Sussex.

Frederick Henry’s mother Georgina Taylor was born in the 4th quarter of 1863 in Waldron, Sussex to agricultural labourer John Taylor, born about 1816 in Framfield, Sussex and poultry dealer Hannah Taylor, born about 1821 in Mayfield, Sussex.

Frank Plummer and Georgina Taylor married in the 3rd quarter of 1880 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex.

Frederick Henry had seven known siblings: Sarah Jane Plummer born in the 1st quarter of 1881 in Framfield, Sussex; Kate Plummer born in the 3rd quarter of 1883 in Waldron, Sussex; Emma Elizabeth Plummer born in the 1st quarter of 1889 in Framfield, Sussex; May Emily Plummer born in the 1st quarter of 1892 in Framfield, Sussex; Rose Plummer born in the 4th quarter of 1894 in Framfield, Sussex; Nellie Florence Plummer born in the 2nd quarter of 1899 in Warbleton, Sussex and Annie Plummer born in the 4th quarter of 1901 in Warbleton, Sussex.

At the time of the 1881 Census, Frank, Georgina and their daughter Sarah Jane were living with Georgina’s widowed mother, poultry dealer, Hannah Taylor at Easons Green Farm, Framfield, Uckfield, Sussex. Frank was working as an agricultural labourer.

Frederick Henry Plummer was born in the 1st quarter of 1886 in Framfield, Sussex

Frederick Plummer 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Frederick Plummer 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Pale House, Sand Hill, Framfield, Uckfield, Sussex. Frank was working as a chicken fatter and Georgina was looking after their children Kate, Frederick Henry and Emma Elizabeth.

Frederick Plummer 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Frederick Plummer 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living in Road, Warbleton, Hailsham, Sussex. Frank was working as a farmhand and Georgina was looking after their children Emma Elizabeth, Mary Emily, Rose and Nellie Florence.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Frederick Henry Plummer was working as a grocer’s assistant for grocer William Baldwin at School Road, Blackboys, Framfield, Uckfield, Sussex.

Frederick Henry Plummer and Anslie Elizabeth Cornford married in the 1st quarter of 1908 in the Registration District of Hailsham, Sussex.

Anslie Elizabeth Cornford was born in the 2nd quarter of 1882 in Heathfield, Sussex to milkman George Cornford, born about 1855 in Hailsham, Sussex, and Elizabeth E. Cornford, born about 1858 in Lewes, Sussex. At the time of the 1901 Census, Anslie Elizabeth’s mother was suffering from a “diseased stomach”.

Frederick Henry Plummer had four children: Stella Florence born in the 2nd quarter of 1908 in Heathfield, Sussex; Freda Myrtle born in the 2nd quarter of 1909 in Heathfield, Sussex; Gwendoline I. Plummer born in the 4th quarter of 1911 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex and Frederick I. Plummer born in the 3rd quarter of 1915 in the Registration District of Hailsham, Sussex.

Frederick Plummer 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Frederick Plummer 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family resided at The Old Half Moon, Heathfield, Sussex. Frederick Henry was working as a general labourer and Anslie Elizabeth was looking after their daughters Stella Florence and Freda Myrtle. The accommodation had three rooms.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Frederick Henry’s parents were living in Churchdown near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Frank was working as a poultry man and Georgina was chicken stubbing and looking after their children: housemaids Emma Elizabeth and Rosa, and scholars Florence Nellie and Annie. The accommodation had five rooms. Georgina stated that she had given birth to nine children of whom one had died.

Frederick Henry enlisted in Eastbourne, Sussex into the 11th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was a private with a regimental number SD/3662.

Frederick Henry Plummer was killed in an action during the Battle of the Somme (fighting on the Ancre Hamel) on the 3rd of September 1916 in France.

He was buried at the Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel in France. His grave reference number is: III.D.22.

Frederick Plummer Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk
Frederick Plummer Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Frederick Henry’s wife Anslie Elizabeth Plummer received £6, 4s and 3d on the 6th of July 1917 and further £7 on the 26th of September 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

The headstone erected by Anslie Elizabeth Plummer of 11 Ghyll Road, Heathfield Tower Sussex bears the inscription: “Rock of Ages”.

Frederick Plummer British War Medal and Victory Medal Roll © ancestry.co.uk
Frederick Plummer British War Medal and Victory Medal Roll © ancestry.co.uk
Frederick Plummer Medal Roll © ancestry.co.uk
Frederick Plummer Medal Roll © ancestry.co.uk

Frederick Henry Plummer was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

The Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1945 read, that Frederick Henry’s parents Frank and Georgina Plummer lived in 1918 at 1 Pixham Court in Dorking, Surrey and in 1919, 1920 and 1921 at 77 South Street, Dorking, Surrey.

Born                            Framfield, Sussex

Son of                          Frank Plummer and Georgina Plummer nee Taylor
Husband of                  Anslie Elizabeth Cornford
Father of                       Stella Florence, Freda Myrtle, Gwendoline and Frederick

Regiment                     11th Battalion. The Royal Sussex Regiment.
Number                       SD/3662

Date of Death              3rd September 1916
Place of Death             The Somme, France
Cause of Death            Killed in Action

Age                              31

Cemetery                     Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France