25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment

Frederick Severwright

Frederick travelled to India on the HMAT Ulysses departing England on the 31st July and arriving 4th September 1916.

He wrote a journal of the outbound voyage.

He was born in 1892 the son of Joseph Severwright, a house painter & plumber, and Ruth (nee Scott). His mother died the following year in 1893. At some stage Frederick went to live with and be cared for by his aunt & uncle, Thomas and Mary Wilson. He is shown living with them in both the 1901 relationship "Nephew", & 1911 census relationship "Adopted". In the 1911 census Frederick is recorded as employed as a jumior clerk in a Merchants Office. His father Joseph died in 1909.

He married Elsie Orpah Ruth THOMAS aged 21, on the 30th December 1915. This is the same surname as Frederick's aunt & uncle. The bride's father is shown as David Thomas, grocer, deceased. They were most likely cousins or relations of some sort.

In the battalion magazine 'The Londoner' of May-June 1918 V.2 No.5 page 134, he is recorded as the best shot in 15 Platoon with a score of 153. The battalion average was 116, the best being 162.

He served in both the Waziristan campaign of 1917 (British & Victory medals) and the 3rd Afghan War of 1919 (India General Service Medal & bar).

Acknowledgements to Charlotte Hubbard, granddaughter.


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