25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
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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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