Frederick Robert Cuffley

Date of birth:                     18th June 1887
Place of birth:                   Folkestone, Kent
Service No.:                       460447
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Canadian Infantry
Battalion:                             61st Battalion
Died:                                      26th July 1915 aged 28 years
Death Location:                St Vital, Winnipeg, Canada

Before the War
Frederick was born 18 June 1887 in Folkestone Kent, to William Lawrence (b 25 April 1851 – 1935) and Christina Cuffley (nee Cockburn 1851 – 1888). His parents were married 21st January 1875 in Shoreditch.

Frederick’s siblings were:
William (1876)
Jeannette (1877)
Harry (1879 – 1911)
Mabel (1881)
Lawrence (1884)
Clarence (1886)

On 1881 Census William and Christina were living in St Leonards, Shoreditch, London with their children William, Jeannette, Harry and Mabel. Frederick’s father William was a police constable.

On 1891 Census Frederick was living in Elham Union Workhouse, Each End Hill, Kent and is a pauper. His sister Mabel and two brothers, Lawrence and Clarence are also there. Their mother died in 1888. There is a William Cuffley in custody in Kent, in December 1891 because he attempted suicide (unable to confirm a connection to this family). Jeannette is working as a domestic servant in Folkestone, Kent.

Frederick’s father, William married Emma Jane Warren (1870 – 1942) in 1895, and on the 1901 Census they are living in Albert Road, St Marys, Southampton. William is working as a dock labourer.

1901 Census showed that Frederick was living in Cheriton Street Cottage Home with his brother Clarence. On Frederick’s attestation enlistment papers he states A W Harvey of Cheriton, Kent as his next of kin. Arthur W Harvey was the superintendent of this home.

On 1911 census he was employed as a Constable and living at the Metropolitan Police Single Men’s Quarters at HM Dockyard, Sheerness, Kent. His father is living on his own at 10 Testwood Road, Millbrook, Southampton.

Frederick sailed to Canada on 4th April 1913 aboard the Allan Line ship Corsican. He arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 12th April 1913. He was a policeman and on the ship’s passenger list it states that his profession in Canada would be a Checker. He joined the Winnipeg Police Force on 8th May 1913 and was a very popular member of this force.

Military History
He enlisted in the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force on 18thJune 1915 and was posted to the 61st Battalion.

On 26th July 1915, whilst on weekend leave in Winnipeg from his training at Sewell training camp in Manitoba, Canada, he and a companion from his regiment decided to go for a swim in the Red River, St Vital. He got into difficulty, thought to be an attack of cramp, and despite the effort of his companion and a policeman, he drowned. His funeral took place on 28th July 1915.
(Information from the newspaper Manitoba Winnipeg Free Press 27th & 28th July 1915)

He is buried in Winnipeg (Brookside) Cemetery. Reference No. Mil9.

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