Frederick Spenser Belsten

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Driver

Service No:           851379

Unit:                     “D” Bty. 102nd Bn. Royal Field Artillery

 

 

Frederick was born in Bristol in 1889; he was the 7th child of Thomas and Emma Belston, he had 9 siblings.  A 2 year old in 1891 he was living with his parents & siblings at 16 Tyler Street; his father was a house decorator.  By the time of the 1911 census the family had moved to 58 Whitehall Road St George & Frederick's occupation is recorded as a printer machinist.

In the second Quarter of 1912 Frederick married Mary E Kelson at St Lawrence Easton. Son Reginald was born on 14th March 1913 & Victor was born 12th May 1916.Sadly Victor died at 8 Salisbury Street on 5th May 1918.

102nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery were attached to 23rd Division between the 6th of June 1916 and the 22nd of Aug 1916 having previously served with 34th Division.   During the Battle of Messines, on the 7th of June 1917 they were in the area near Hill 60 and The Caterpillar.

The 102nd Brigade had proceeded to France with the 23rd Division in late August 1915. The saw action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, The Battle of Messines and the First the Second Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, before moving to Italy in October 17 where they fought in the Battle of Asiago and the Battle of Vittorio Veneto.

Frederick’s short service attestation was on 29th Nov 1915 & on the following day he joined the Army Reserve. On 18th May 1916 he was posted to 1st Bn. Midland Brigade RFA.

Frederick died suddenly in Kitchener Hospital , Brighton on 23rd August 1919 and is buried in Bristol Avon View Cemetery.

 

Fredririck was entittled to The British Was Medal & Victory Medal.

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.