Frederick George Denman

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born:   8 March 1881 in Peckham, London. However he wasn`t  baptised until 6 December 1894 at St. Alphege Parish Church, Canterbury, Kent. By this time his mother had died.

Family:   He was the second child born to Josiah Denman, a stone mason, and his wife Emma, nee Palmer. He married Bessie Mulliner Quarter 3 1903 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The couple had five children, Frederick George, Emmeline Grace, Jack (John), Ada Phyllis and Kathleen Mary.

Residence:   At the time of his birth in 1881 Frederick`s family were living at 2 Philip Street, Camberwell, London. Ten years later he appears to have been living with an uncle in Bear Court Lane, Canterbury, Kent. By 1911 and on the 1919 Absent Voters List his address was given as 6 Park Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire but by 1939 the family had moved to 15 Watergate Street. The address given for him on the National Probate Calendar for 1943 was 28 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch.

Employment:  Frederick`s occupation on the 1911 Census and 1939 Register was stated as being an upholsterer.

Died:   11 June 1943 in Whitchurch, Shropshire, aged 62.

Military Details

Regiment:   Royal Air Force (previously Royal Naval Air Service)

Rank:   Air Mechanic 2

Service Number:   223062 (previously F23062)

Date of Enlistment:   1 November 1916

Date of Discharge:   12 February 1919 ?

Reason for Discharge:   Not known

Other Information:   Transfer to R.A.F. Reserve 12 February 1919 – 30 April 1920.

Medals and Awards

Frederick was awarded the British War Medal.

British War Medal

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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