Frederick Cecil Weaver

Frederick Cecil Weaver ©

Frederick Cecil Weaver ©

Date of birth: 5th February 1894
Place of birth: Mile End, London
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Sub Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Navy Volunteer Service
Battalion: Anson Battalion, RN Division
Died: 13th November 1916 aged 22 years
Death location: France


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Life before the War
Frederick was the second of 3 sons born to parents Thomas Marshall, born 1870 Poplar, London and Ada Mary Ann, nee Hitchling, born 1869 Mile End, London.  Thomas and Ada married in 1891.

Frederick’s two brothers, both born in Mile End, were:

Harold Thomas Marshall born 1892

Percy Maurice b.1896

By the time that the 1901 census was taken the family had moved to Southampton and were living at 16 Stafford Road, Shirley.  Thomas was working as a Manager for the American Meat Company.

The family moved from Southampton to Ilford, Essex by 1911, living at 69 Elgin Road, Seven Kings.  Thomas is employed as “Discharging Superintendant Of Cargoes Of Frozen Meat & Meat salesman”, Harold was a Bank Clerk (Union of London) whilst Frederick was working as a Clerk for a Wholesale meat Firm.


War Service

Frederick is Remembered with Honour at the Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France.  The Register reads:

“Weaver, sub-lieut. F. C. R.N.V.R. “Anson” Bn. R.N. Div. 13th Nov., 1916. II. B. 35”


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1905 – 1908

Education and Employment: Frederick was born in February 1894 in Mile End. He attended Portman Place in London. While at Taunton’s he won prizes in Science and English. After leaving school Frederick was a Clerk for a wholesale firm.

Life during the war: Frederick’s family returned to East London by 1911. His parents were living in Sydenham, Kent by the end of the war. Frederick became a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in August 1915. He was serving with the R.N.D. Anson Battalion when he was killed during an attack at Beaumont Hamel. His remains were buried at Ancre Cemetery.

Frederick died on 13th November 1916 aged 22 years.


University of London Officers Training Corps Roll of Honour

UK Memorial Books for WW1 and WW2

“Frederick Cecil Weaver
Sub-Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer reserve * son of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Weaver of Woking * killed in the attack of Beaumont Hamel on 13th November 1916 * reburied at The Ancre Cemetery”


Anson Battalion
Anson Battalion, composed originally of Naval Reservists surplus to the requirements of manning Royal Navy ships, served throughout the war in the Royal Naval Division, which was numbered 63rd in July 1916.  After a brief involvement around Antwerp in autumn 1914 the division went to Gallipoli in April 1915, was evacuated to Egypt at the end of that year and went to the Western Front in summer 1916. It remained there for the rest of the war.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 27th August 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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