Skelsey, Frederick

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 29
Date of birth: 1887 (Q3)

Parents: John and Annie Skelsey
Address: 10 Burnaby Terrace, Packmores

Occupation: Soldier

According to the parish register, John Skelsey married Annie Wilks in 1882 at St John the Baptist in Leamington Spa although the CWGC record for Thiepval gives his mother’s name as Rhoda. At the time of the construction of the memorial, both his parents were dead.

Frederick was baptised at Cubbington on 25th September 1887.
In 1891 the couple were living at 14 Hill Street, Warwick with their four children, John (7), Edward (5), Frederick (3) and Alice (9 months). John Jnr was born in Leamington but the other three children were all born in Cubbington.

Annie died in 1897 and in the 1901 census, John is living at Church Terrace, Cubbington with his widowed mother, Ann, and four children Edward (15), Frederick (13), Annie (8), Ada (5). He is working as a bricklayer’s labourer.

At the time of the 1911 census, John is living in Cubbington as a lodger on Queen Street. Frederick is listed in the army returns for soldiers serving in Ceylon and India.

In the 1914 (and 1916) edition of Spennell’s Trade Directory, there is an F. Skelsey living at 10 Burnaby Terrace, Packmores, although it isn’t clear if this is the same person.

Frederick’s father, John, died in Warwick Infirmary on 5th February 1916.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Sergeant, 289
Regiment/Service: 14th (Service) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 13th Brigade, 5th Division
Date of death: Sunday, September 03, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of Guillemont
Commemorated/Buried: Thiepval Memorial, Somme
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church


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