Lance Corporal Frederick Henry Kingston

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research.

Frederick was born in Dorking in the September of 1878.  He was baptised at St John the Evangelist Church in Southwark on 22 September 1878.  His parents are Frederick John Kingston, an Engineer in the Royal Navy, and Margaret Jeffrey. Their address is Dene Street, Dorking.

In the 1881 census, Frederick is listed as a visitor in the household of Thomas Flight in Bennet Street, Greenwich, his mother Margaret is a visitor in the household of John and Jane Kingston in Albion Street, Greenwich and his father is on board HMS Penelope in Greenwich.

In  the 1891 census, his mother Margaret is living on The Broadway in Streatham with her sister, Elizabeth Mary. They are both dressmakers. His father is on Board Ship in Granton Harbour, Edinburgh.

In the 1901 census Frederick is aged 22 and working as a Bank Clerk.  He is living with his Mother in Loudon Street, Chertsey. His father is in Lowestoft on Board HMS Hearty.

Frederick married Phoebe Bacon at St Leonard’s Church in Streatham on 20th January 1909. They are both living at 21 Riggindale Road in Streatham.  Frederick is now a Chauffeur. His Aunt Elizabeth Jeffrey witnessed the marriage. They had one daughter, Margaret Phoebe Ann; she was born in Norwich, her mother’s home town, on the 31st January 1909.

Frederick’s father retired from the Navy and in 1911 is living in Albion Street, in Lewisham. Frederick and Phoebe are living with his Aunt Elizabeth in Riggindale Road, Streatham. Their daughter Margaret is living with Phoebe’s sister Rosetta Smith in Norwich.

Frederick went to France with the Red Cross in April 1915, in November of that year he enlisted into the Army Service Corps. He was 37 years old and had been working as a Motor Mechanic.  His home address was 21 Riggindale Road in Streatham.  As a result of enemy action on 12th April 1918 he received a gunshot wound in the chest and was taken to 59th General Hospital in St. Omer. He died in that hospital on 13th April 1918. He is buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) Sovenir Cemetery. Phoebe requested that “Never Forgotten” be added to his headstone.  His name also appears on a memorial in Streatham.

His medals including the 1914-1915 Star were sent to his wife who was now living at 62 Braxted Park in Streatham.  Phoebe did not remarry; she later moved to Sutton, were she died in 1955.

Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Streatham, London
Son of Fredrick John and Margaret Jeffrey Kingston
Regiment 2nd Motor Ambulance Convoy, Army Service Corps
Number M2/151681
Date of Death 13th April 1918
Place of Death St. Omer, France
Cause of Death Died of wounds
Age 39
Cemetery Longuenesse (St Omer) Sovenir Cemetery, France