Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Frederick Thomas ADAMS

Private 5971

3/4th Leicestershire Regiment

Died 19th April 1916 aged 35

Born in Stanstead Abbotts in 1881 the son of Thomas and Hannah Adams who were living at Netherfield, together with his three brothers and four sisters.  The 1901 census shows that his mother Hannah was now a widow and they were living at Halls Green, Epping and Frederick was working on a farm as a stockman.  By the time of the 1911 census his mother had remarried, a Mr Charles Shepherd, and the family were now living at Epping Long Green, Frederick was still single and now working as a farm labourer.

At the outbreak of war Frederick enlisted at Warley in Essex and joined the 4th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment.  This was a home unit based in Leicester and Loughborough.  In January 1916 they moved to Grantham in Lincolnshire and in September of that year the 4th Battalion absorbed what was the 5th Battalion and they were all moved to Catterick in Yorkshire, and finally to Louth and North Coates where they remained for the rest of the war.  Frederick died while stationed there but there is no information as to the cause of his death.

He is buried in St Thomas’s Church graveyard in Navestock, Essex.

Medals Awarded: As he never served abroad he has none.