Frederick Charles Witt

Date of birth:                      19th June 1888
Place of birth:                    Amesbury, Wiltshire
Date of marriage:             1912
Place of marriage:            Edmonton, Middlesex
Service No.:                        S/255075
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Royal Army Service Corps
Battalion:                             Reserve Supply Personnel Depot
Died:                                      20th April 1917 aged 28 years
Death Location:                Bath, Somerset

Life before the War
Frederick was born 19th June 1888 and baptised on 22 July 1888 in Amesbury, Wiltshire. His parents were Richard and Elizabeth, nee Green, who married in 1876 in Alderbury, Wiltshire.  Richard was born 1856 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and Elizabeth was born 1852 in Cranborne, Dorset. Frederick had 7 siblings:

George Stephen      b. 21st May 1877
Sarah Elizabeth       b. 19th January 1879, baptised 8th March 1879
William Richard     b. 2nd May 1880, baptised 11th July 1880
Alfred Tom               b. 16th August 1882, baptised 8th October 1882
Ernest Edward         b. 27th May 1884, d. died 8th February 1885
Mabel Jane                b. 8th May 1886
Winifred Fanny       b. 27th April 1890, d. 11th August 1891

Frederick married Kathleen Howard (aka Kate) 1912 in Edmonton, Middlesex.  She was born in 1885.  They had a daughter Doris M who was born 1915 in Southampton.

In the 1891 census the family was living in Salisbury Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire.  Living with them was Richard’s mother Sarah who was a Nurse.  Richard was working as a Baker Journeyman and his son George was a Telegraph Messenger.

By 1901 Richard was living at The Bakers Shop, North Tidworth, Wiltshire; he was a Baker Journeyman working from home. Alfred was also a Baker.  Sarah was a General Domestic Servant working at the Manor House in North Tidworth.  William was still living in Salisbury Street, boarding with the Moore family and employed as a Grocers Assistant whilst George was living in Fisherton Anger, Wiltshire, as a boarder with the Stacey family and working as a Post Office Clerk.

By 1911 Frederick was living with his mother and sister-in-law Sarah at Ludgershall Road, North Tidworth, Wiltshire. Frederick was a Bakers Assistant.

In the Southampton 1916/1917 Directory Frederick was living at 23 Leyton Road, Northam, Southampton, the address given on his death papers.

War Service
Frederick enlisted in Southampton joining the Royal Army Service Corps, Reserve Supply Personnel Depot, as a Private, service number S/255075.

He died from being gassed whilst in Bath on 20th April 1917 aged 28.

He is Remembered with Honour at the Bath (Locksbrook) Cemetery, Somerset, UK.

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