Frederick George Brewer

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Bitterne , Southampton
Service No.: 19940
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st battalion
Died: 12 August 1918, aged 22 years
Buried: Boves West Communal Cemetery Extension, France. (A.4)

Life before the War

Frederick was one of 9 siblings born to Frederick and Jane Fleck Brewer (nee Richardson), who were married in Southampton in 1893.

3 of the children died young, only 2 of whom are identified here.

The family lived at 50 Victoria Road, Netley Abbey at the 1911 Census and all the children were born in Bitterne.

Frederick Snr. was born in Bitterne in 1870 and he died in the city in 1939.

Jane was born in Durham in 1869 and she passed away in Southampton in 1934.


  1. Frederick George
  2. Barbara Jane   b. 1896   d. 1897 Bitterne
  3. Edward Arthur K.   b. 1896   d. 1899 Bitterne
  4. Lucy Fleck   b. 1898   d. 1986 Southampton   Married Edward T. Morant in Southampton in 1919.
  5. Isabella Blanche   b. 17 June 1900   d. 1970 Southampton   Married Norman C. Hart in Southampton in 1923.
  6. Ernest   b. 1901   d. 1986 Southampton   Married Violet B. Clark in Southampton in 1927.
  7. Jane Fleck   b. 1904   d. 1968 Southampton   Married John Chandler in Southampton in 1924.
  8. William   b. 1906   d. 1994 Southampton   Married Jane M. Phillips in Southampton in 1933.

War Service

The Dorsetshire 1st Battalion was formed in Belfast in August 1914, part of the 15th Brigade in the 5th Division.

The battalion landed at Le Havre on 16 August 1914, and proceeded to fight in all the major battles in France and Flanders.

Frederick died as a result of injuries sustained during the Battle of Amiens, which began on 8 August 1918.

It was the opening phase of the Allied offensive later known as the Hundred Days Offensive, that ultimately led to the end of the war.

Frederick would have been cared for in the 49th Casualty Clearing Station, which was in Boves from 23 April until the end of August 1918.

The Extension contains 91 Commonwealth burials from WW1. Frederick’s headstone reads: “He died that we might live.”

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 22.10.15

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