Frederick Preston

Service :                         Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Rank:                             Able Seaman

Service No :                   Wales Z/1280

Ship :                             H.M.S. Victory

 Frederick aka Alfred was born in St George on 11th March 1879.  He was the fifth child of Henry & Maria Preston.  A schoolboy in 1881 he was living with his parents & 5 siblings at 19 Adelade Place St. George; his father was a Cab Driver from Winterbourne.  At the time of the 1891 census  he was living with his family at Knapps Lane, St. George. Fred could not be found on 1901 & 1911 census but his widowed mother was living in Horse & Jockey Lane in 1901 and Nibbletts Hill in 1911.

Fred’s R.N.V.R enrolment form recorded his occupation as a collier.  He enrolled on 1st June 1915 and served in the Royal Navy Division, he was 5 ft. 3 & half inches tall had Dark brown hair & green eyes. From 19th to 29th Oct 1915 he was on Victory I (shore base) and then served on Britannia 30th October 1915 to 17th October 1916, his character was recorded as very good and ability satisfactory. He returned to Victory on 18th October 1916.

Fred died from intestinal obstruction & general peritonitis on the 9th December 1916; He is remembered with Honour and buried at the Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery.Grave reference E.26.5.

Image from CWGC.

Frederick qualified for the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal & the Victory Medal, these were issued to his mother.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Navy service record.

1881, 1891, 1901& 1911 UK census

Wikipedia.