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Frederick PENFOLD (1879-1918)


Frederick William PENFOLD, 1914, age 35

1 Frederick William PENFOLD (1879-1918) [105], son of John Robert PENFOLD (1857-1924) [86] and Mary Jane WILMSHURST (1856-1905) [87].

Born 8 Dec 1879, Mitcham, Surrey, England. Died 1 Jan 1918, Camberwell, London, England.


Frederick William Penfold was the first born of John Robert's children and was born on 8th December 1879 in Mitcham, Surrey. On the 1881 census he is one year old at the address of Field Gate, Mitcham, Surrey, and living with his father John Robert, his mother Mary Jane, and Charles, John Robert's younger brother.

The following is taken from Arthur Penfold's 'Reminiscences':

"When the family moved to Chelsea, Fred went to Christ Church National School, but it was unfortunate that although he had been selected with others from the senior class for further education at the United Westminster Schools, he had to leave within a few months in order to assist his mother with the business as John Robert had a severe attack of rheumatic fever and was unable to work for some months.

Fred played cricket for the old scholars of Christ Church, Chelsea, who were known as 'Old Meltonians'. Fred was secretary for this club until 1914 when he had to join up. He was classed as A1 and underwent training on Salisbury Plain and elsewhere. He ended up in hospital with a growth in the head too serious for any radical treatment. He lingered on and finally died on 1st January 1918"

"Pimlico Chapel (a good mile from the old Chelsea home) was the family rendezvous for Sunday morning and evening services, we three boys attending afternoon school there as well"

"Fred had become a valued and capable assistant in the tailoring business which had acquired repute so that his chief had taken over responsibility for fulfilling contracts with the Royal Military academy for the supply of military service gear. He had to spend part of his working day in travelling to and from Woolwich. He took up elocution at evening class and thereby acquired a good knowledge of some Shakespearean plays.

The keenites of the elocution class wished to extend their dramatic activities beyond evening school and Fred was persuaded to run the Iris Dramatic Society for two or three years before 1914 and this company undertook rehearsals and performances in several church halls and institutes in the London area. The accommodation for rehearsals was probably provided by one of the members as some compensation to Fred for bearing the business side so gallantly."

Daphne Moore (nee Goodwin), Frederick's niece, can remember being taken to visit him in hospital just before he died. She also remembers that he worked for a tailor called Plumbs in Victoria Street.

He died in the 1st London general Hospital R.A.M.C. (T), Myatts Park, Camberwell. The death certificate states he was 38 years old, and occupation private 163683, 686 Labour Corps. The cause of death was (1) Neoplasm of brain and (2) Haemorrhage from rectum.

The following is an extract taken from Westminster Council Minutes of 2nd July 1903:

Transfer of Licenses - we submit the following notices of intention to apply for the transfer of licences:

Date of Motion - St. Paul's Covent Garden 8th June

Premises - The Nag's Head, 10 James St, Covent Garden, Intoxicating Liquors

Name of Applicant: - Moore, Alfred Aylett, Naylor, Thomas

Name of person to whom the licence is proposed to be transferred: - Penfold, Frederick William

(notes by Diana Smith)


Probate: PENFOLD Frederick William of 17 Chapter-street Westminster Middlesex died 1 January 1918 at London General Hospital Brixton Surrey Administration London 19 January to John Robert Penfold bootmaker. Effects £285 13s 1d.