Rifleman Frederick Walter Stanlake

Thank you to Jane Anthony for the following research.

Frederick Stanlake was born in Holmwood in 1879 but left the area at a very young age and has no obvious connection thereafter. He was the youngest child of John and Ann, both of whom had originated in Devon, he was the only member of the family to have been born at Holmwood, his older brothers and sister having either been born in the Brixton area of London or in Canada. In the 1881 census, when Frederick was a year old, the family were living in Holmwood, his brother William who was only two years older,  had been born in Balham, so it is likely that they had not been long in Holmwood. His father gave his occupation as being a landscape painter, but ten years later the family had moved back to London and John Stanlake was working as a railway clerk. In 1901 Frederick was living in the Kings Cross area working as a machinist and had moved out of the family home.

In 1910 Frederick married Emily Prudhoe in Lambeth and the following year their daughter Elsie was born. In the census of that year Fredrick was working as a bar and cellar man and living at Arlingford Road, Brixton, but by the time he joined the army his address was given as being in Kings Cross. It would appear that initially he was enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps, but later transferred to the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade, known as the Prince Consort’s Own.

Frederick Stanlake died as the result of his wounds on 26th June 1917. His regiment had been in heavily involved at the battle Messines and it seem likely that Frederick was wounded in this battle which was fought between 7th and 16th June; it is probable that he was transferred to Etaples which was the main military hospital on the Western Front at this time; there were some 22,000 men in eleven general and one stationary hospitals, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot.  He was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery. His widow was given as next of kin and was living in Enfield.

Born                            Holmwood

Son of                         John and Ann Stanlake
Husband of                  Emily Stanlake of 111, Edgware Road, London

Regiment                      3rd Battalion. The Prince Consort’s Own Rifle Brigade
Number                        S/11462

Previous Regiment        39257. Royal Army Medical Corps

Date of Death                27th June 1917
Place of Death               Etaples, France
Cause of Death             Died of Wounds

Age                               38

Cemetery                       Etaples Military Cemetery, France

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