Fred Chainey

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 31550
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th (Service)
Died: 14th October 1918 aged 21 years
Death location: Menin, Belgium


Life before the War
Fred was born in Southampton in 1897 to Francis William (1861 – 1947) and Eliza Jane, nee Bundey (1863 – 1925), the fifth of their 8 children.  His parents were married in Southampton in 1889.

Fred’s siblings were:

Frank Edward (1888 – 17/06/1958).  Married Helen Frances Holley in Southampton in 1915.

Alice Maud Mary (1890 – 1952).  Married William Albert Jones in Southampton in 1910.  The 1911 Census shows that they lived at 39 Millbank Street, Southampton with their son William Albert, then aged 10 months.

Charles Richard Henry (1893 – 19/12/1965).  Married Rose Bailey in Southampton in 1915.

Lucy Jane (03/09/1895 – 1987).  Married Alfred Henry Benham in Southampton in 1929.

Henry (27/03/1899 – 1972).  Married Elsie Sayers in Southampton in 1920.  In WW1 Henry served as Private 132640 in the Machine Gun Corps.  The entry in the National Roll of the Great War reads:
‘He joined in April 1917, and after a short training was sent to France.  Whilst in this theatre of war, he took part in the heavy fighting on various sectors of the Front and fought in many important engagements up to the date of the Armistice.  He was demobilised in January 1919, and holds the General Service and Victory Medals’

Thomas (1901 – 1902).

Elizabeth Marshalsey (1902 – 1985).  Married Samuel Jones Kendall in Southampton in 1926.  Samuel died in 1932.  Elizabeth married William Stewart McKinnon in Southampton in 1938.

The 1891 Census shows that Fred’s parents were living at 72 Front Street, Portesham, Dorset.  Fred’s father is employed as a Butcher.

By the 1901 Census the family are living at 16 Clarence Street, Southampton.  Fred’s father is now working as a Carter and owns his own business.

When the 1911 Census is taken Fred and his family’s address is 71 Clarence Street, Southampton.  His elder brothers Frank and Charles are working for their father, as Carters.


Military History
Fred enlisted in the 15th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment in September 1916.  He was killed in action at Menin on 14th October 1918.  The entry in the National Roll of The Great War reads:

‘He joined in September 1916, and shortly afterwards was drafted to the Western Front where he fought on various sectors.  He took part in the Battle of the Somme and the Aisne and after being severely wounded on two occasions, was killed in action at Menin on October 14tt, 1918.  He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals’

Fred is buried at Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, grave reference IV.D.9.  The cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought from the 1918 battlefields and other burial grounds.  The inscription on his grave reads:

31550 Private F. Chainey
Hampshire Regiment
14th October 1918, Age 21
‘Life’s work well done’

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published: 29th March 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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