Frederick John Elton

Frederick John Elton ©

Frederick John Elton ©

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment / Division: Royal Field Artillery
Battalion: C Battalion 48th Brigade (14th Division)
Died: 11th September 1915 aged 23 / 24 years
Death location: Flanders






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Life before the war
Frederick John Elton, born in 1891, was the son of William and Charlotte.

The 1901 census records the family living in Brinton Road, Southampton.  William was a carpenter.  Both he and Charlotte were aged 39 in that year and they had 3 children  –  Louisa (aged 11), Frederick (aged 9) and Reginald (aged 2).

The census for 1911 shows Frederick still living in Brinton Road with his parents, his occupation is given as Student.


Military Service

Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:  1906 – 1909

Education & Employment:  Frederick was born in Southampton in 1891.  He earned several prizes for attendance at Taunton’s.  He was a regular at the school summer camp, helping with the advance party.  He trained with the Royal Horse Artillery.

Life during the War:  Frederick lived with his parents on Brinton’s Terrace in Southampton.  He transferred to the 48th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery from the Royal Horse Artillery.  He achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant in the RFA.  Frederick died of his wounds while in France.  He was fondly remembered by those at Taunton’s who said, upon learning of his death, “it simply isn’t true”.

Frederick died on 11th September 1915 aged 24 years.


Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 12th March 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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