Acting Corporal Frederick William Edser

Frederick Edser Birth Registration Transciption © findmypast.co.uk
Frederick Edser Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Frederick William Edser was born on the 4th of July 1875 in Abinger, Surrey to butcher Harvey and Rachel nee Read. He was baptised on the 4th of September 1875 at St James’ Church, Abinger. At the time of his baptism the family lived in Abinger and Harvey was working as a butcher.

Frederick’s father Harvey was born in the 3rd quarter of 1847 in Shere to bricklayer William, born about 1814 in Abinger and Elizabeth, born about 1814 in Abinger. Harvey was baptised on the 5th of September 1847 in Abinger, Surrey. His mother Rachel Read was born in the 4th quarter of 1843 in Abinger to butcher Jabez, born 1816 Hockliffe, Bedfordshire and Anne born about 1812 in Shere. Rachel was baptised on the 27th of May 1844 in Abinger. Harvey and Rachel married in the 3rd quarter of 1872 in Hannover Square, London.

Frederick had two known siblings: Harvey born about 1874 and Charlotte R. born about 1878, both in Abinger.

Frederick Edser 1881 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived in Abinger Hammer. Harvey was working as a butcher. The household further comprised of Harvey’s children: Harvey, Frederick and Charlotte; his mother in law, grocer, Anne Read; niece, servant, Elizabeth and nephews: butcher John Bartley and butcher’s boy James Read.

Frederick Edser 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family were still in Abinger Hammer. Harvey was still working as a butcher and his son Frederick was a butcher’s boy. The household further comprised of Harvey’s niece Elizabeth who was working as an assistant gardener and butcher.

Frederick Edser 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Linten Villa, Ashtead. Harvey was working as a bricklayer and Rachel was at home. The household further comprised of their children: bricklayer Frederick and Charlotte.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Frederick’s parents were in Ashtead. Harvey was still working as a bricklayer and Rachel was at home. The household further comprised of their visitors: Mabel, Madaline and Christopher Tanse and Jesse Baker. Rachel stated that she had given birth to four children. The accommodation had six rooms.

Frederick Edser 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Frederick was working as a slaughter man for his grandfather Jabez Read in Abinger Hammer. The household had seven rooms.

Frederick’s father Harvey died in the 1st quarter of 1912 in Guildford, Surrey.

Frederick enlisted in Guildford into the 34th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. At the time of his enlistment he lived in Holmbury St Mary and was in the employ of the Surrey Trading Company. He was an Acting Corporal with regimental number 26631.

At the time of his death he was an Acting Corporal of the 101st Company, the Labour Corps. His regimental number was 60347.

Frederick Edser Death Notice 25th May 1918 © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk
Frederick Edser Death Notice 28th December 1918 © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk

Frederick Edser died from the effects of gas poisoning on the 15th of May 1918 in France.

Frederick Edser St Sever Cemetery Extension Roll of Honour © CWGC.org

He is buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. His grave reference number is: Q.II.H.5. His headstone bears the inscription: “Thy Way Not Mine O Lord  However Dark It Be.”

Frederick Edser Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
Frederick Edser British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Frederick Edser Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

His mother Rachel received £17, 11s and 2d on the 10th of September 1918 and a further £12 and 10s on the 1st of December 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. She lived in Surrey Trading Co., Holmbury St Mary.

Frederick’s brother Harvey Edser was an organist at St Joseph’s Church in Dorking.

BornAbinger Hammer
LivedAbinger and Holmbury St. Mary
Son ofHarvey and Rachel (nee Read) Edser
Regiment101st Company. The Labour Corps
NumberJ/60347
Previous Regiment34th Battalion. The Royal Fusiliers
Number26631
Date of Death15th May 1918
Place of DeathFrance
Cause of DeathGas poisoning
Age43
CemeterySt Sever Cemetery
Extension, Rouen, France