Frederick Arthur Kendall

Date of birth: 1885
Place of birth: Northam, Southampton
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 13633
Died: 17th October 1916, aged 31 years
Buried: London Cemetery & Extension, High Wood, Longeuval, France (Plot X, Row J, Grave 1)


Frederick was the seventh of 11 known siblings (the couple had 12 children) born to Thomas Mitchell and Susannah (Susan) Kendall (nee Elliott), who married in Totnes in 1873.


Both parents were born in Devon, Susan on 23 September 1850 and Thomas in Kingsbridge on 10 October 1852.


From the birth places of the children, the family were living in Southampton by 1874. They latterly lived at 176 Priory Road, St Denys.


Susan passed away in Southampton on 19 December 1930 and Thomas on 4 October 1935.



Thomas   b. 1873 Devon   d. 20 March 1886 Southampton

William   b. 1874 Southampton   d. 25 February 1940 Eastleigh

John Henry (Harry)   b. 9 January 1877 Northam d. 23 January 1941 Southampton   Married Emily Frances Marsh in Southampton in 1902.

Stephen JAMES William   b. 1878 Northam   d. 26 October 1912 Southampton Married Ellen Elizabeth Stubbs in Southampton in 1898.

Ada  b. 1880 Northam   d. 1918 Southampton   Married David Charles Snuggs-Jennings in Southampton in 1903.

Alfred George   b. 25 April 1883 Northam   d. 1919 Southampton   Married Annie Maria Vokes in Southampton in 1904.

Frederick Arthur

Harry   b. 1889 St Denys   d. 2 February 1948 Cerne Abbas   Married Clara Waterman in Southampton in 1908.

Sidney Harold   b. 13 October 1894 St Denys   d. 1978 Southampton   Married Marion L. Dunford in Southampton in 1917. Married Alice M. Kelly in Winchester in 1934.

Ernest Albert   b. 19 November 1892 St Denys   d. 1967 York   Married Matilda Edith Norman in Southampton in 1916.


Fred was with his unit in Caterham at the 1911 Census. He was originally in the Royal Artillery (#47543).


Fred was lucky to survive the first two months of the war. His battalion landed at Le Havre in mid August 1914 and was heavily involved in the First Battle of Ypres in the October.

The 2nd Grenadier Guards lost all but 4 officers and 140 men on 20 October 1914.


Fred perished during the Battle of the Somme, almost certainly in the vicinity of Longueval.


His grave would have been brought to its present location from the surrounding battlefields after the Armistice.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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