Frederick Robert King, born in 1895, baptized on the 31st March 1895 in Chorley, was the eldest son of Elisha King and Susannah Edrich, both originally from Norfolk who lived on Brook Lane in Alderley Edge and later on Knutsford Road in Great Warford.
He has two brothers, Cecil and Reginald, also listed on the Memorial.
Frederick attested in January 1915, joining the Army Service Corps, giving his trade as Farm Labourer. In 1916-17, he served in France, and in 1917-19, in Salonika and Eygpt as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
His regimental number was 042160.
In 1916 he contracted serious tuberculosis and was invalided to England, travelling on the hospital ship ‘Carisbrook Castle’. (see below). On arrival he was admitted to Southwark Military Hospital.
The following account, taken from Frederick’s Service Record, and written by his commanding officer, tells of the living conditions that he and many others endured, which resulted in the poor health of many:
“This man was subjected to exposure and inclement weather during the period 12/12/1916 to 25/12/1916 owing to the Brigade continually moving in heavy rain and snowstorms.
He was in bivouac during 12/12/1916 – 30/12/1916 and under canvas from 31/12/1916 to 10/3/1917.
This man was in possession of one suit of clothes whilst with this unit. He was however provided with waterproof cape, singlet, body belt & c.”
In 1919, Frederick returned home on the Troopship Paddle Steamer, “Golden Eagle”.
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star for service in France or Flanders between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915.
He was awarded the British War Medal for serving in a theatre of war, or rendered service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918.
He was awarded the Victory Medal for service in any operational theatre between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was issued to individuals who received the 1914 and 1914-15 Stars and to most individuals who were issued the British War Medal.
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