Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Frederick K PALMER


Wiltshire Regiment

This man has been very difficult to confirm as he does not appear on the CWGC database, this indicates that he probably was not killed during the war. The details below are the most likely match to him that we have managed to find.  His middle initial does not match that shown on the memorial plaque but this could be the result of an error which is not uncommon.

Frederick B PALMER

Private 19777

7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Formerly Army Service Corps

Born on 26th October 1881, in Hitchin, to parents Edward and Sarah, with a brother Herbert and sister Gertrude, in 1891 they were living in The Lodge, Hertford Heath.  By 1901 Frederick was living at 5 New Providence Street, New Town, West Ham, as a boarder and he was working as a carpenter.  He married Maud Uncle in 1905, in Hitchin and in 1911 they were living at 145 Baldock Road, Letchworth, along with their son John aged four, he was now a master builder.

He joined the army and was posted to the Army Service Corps as Private 52237, he was later transferred to the 7th Battalion Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment).  According to his medal rolls he was posted to France on 13th May 1915 and he was declared medically unfit for duty and discharged on 4th August 1915.

Records show that he died in Hitchin in1975.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1915 Star