Frederick William Coles

Date of birth: 1873
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS South Western
Rank / Service No: Fireman
Died: 16th March 1918, aged 46 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Frederick was the fourth of 5 siblings born to Charles and Emma (Emmie) Coles (nee Newman), who married in Alverstoke in 1860.

Charles was born in Weston (Southampton) in 1835 and he died in the city in 1893. Emmie was born in Lymington in 1838.

The family lived at 5 Kingsbury Road, Bevois Valley.



George Charles   b. 1866 Southampton   d .1944 Southampton

Richard JOHN   b. 1868 Southampton   d. 1941 Southampton   Married Annie Chalk in Southampton in 1888. Married Emma Annie Beamen in Southampton in 1897.

Sarah Elizabeth   b. 1871 Southampton   d. 1944 Brentford   Married Harry Coombes in Southampton in 1891.

Frederick William 

Lydia Helena   b. 1877 Southampton   d. 1904 Southampton   Married Henry Hawkins in Southampton in 1896.


Frederick married Alice Adelaide Phillips in Southampton in 1894. They had a total of 9 children, 3 of whom are unknown and presumably died very young.

Alice was born in Southampton in 1874 and she passed away in the city in 1955.


Tom William   b. 1894 Southampton   d. 1984 Southampton   Married Alice Oatley in Southampton in 1918.

Frederick Alfred   b. 1897 Southampton   d. 1954 Winchester   Married Edith T. Sutton in Southampton in 1926.

George Henry   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1956 Winchester   Married Mildred M. Mayo in Winchester in 1929.

Dora   b. 1902 Southampton   d. ??   Married William J. Curtis in Southampton in 1923.

Hilda Emily L.   b. 1905 Southampton   d. 1996 Southampton   Married Sidney G. Pledger in Southampton in 1927.

Elsie May   b. 1909 Southampton   d. 1912 Southampton


Frederick volunteered in August 1914 and served on “Vera”, “Alberta” and “South Western”, carrying troops to the various battle fronts.

The South Western was built in 1874, weighing 674 tonnes.FW Coles ship

On a voyage from Southampton to St. Malo, carrying general cargo and 4 passengers, she was sunk by a torpedo fired from UB-59, under the command of Erwin Wassner.


She sank 9 miles of St. Catherine’s Point (I.o.W) and 24 persons were lost.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 24th June 2016


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