Frederick Maddocks

Royal Fusiliers

Personal Details

Born: 3 January 1864 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 9 March in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the seventh of eight children born to Thomas Maddocks, a gardener, and his wife Emma. He married Louisa Maria Newman on 24 January 1900 at Parish Church of Christ Church, Folkestone, Kent and together they had four children – twins John Frederick and Cyril Victor, Leonard and Josephine. Sadly, Cyril and Leonard both died in early infancy.

Residence: From his baptism until at least 1871 he lived with his family in Claypit Street, Whitchurch. In 1881 he was a servant at Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, the seat of the Earl of Macclesfield. Having joined the army in 1887, in 1891 he was stationed at the barracks of the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards in Chelsea, London. In 1901 and now married he was stationed at the barracks of the School of Musketry in St. Leonard Hythe, Kent. In 1911 he was living with his wife and two surviving children at 24 Dover Street, Folkestone, Kent. In 1914 when he enlisted he lived at 31 Charlotte Street, Folkestone; in 1918 when he was discharged he lived at 42 Cheriton Road, Folkestone. In 1939 he was living at 153 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone.

Employment: In 1881 he was a domestic footman; he described himself as a servant in 1886 and 1887 when enlisting. In 1911 he was a club steward, a role he held when he enlisted in 1914. In 1939 he was described as a retired QMSI at the School of Musketry, Hythe.

Died: In 1944 in Maidstone, Kent, aged 80.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor

Service Number: 1174

Date of Enlistment: 2 October 1914

Date of Discharge: 5 November 1918

Reason for Discharge: No longer physically fit for war service

Other Information: Frederick had two previous periods of military service – 1 March 1886 to 11 March 1886 (3013 5th Lancers) and 5 January 1887 to 17 December 1907 (755 Grenadier Guards and 590 School of Musketry)

Medals and Awards

None awarded as did not serve overseas


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