Pte Fred Severn

A Rifle Volunteer who re-enlisted into the Territorials
Fred Severn

Frederick William Severn was born at Kimberley in 1892 and was first an engine cleaner (1911) and later a fireman (1915).

Kimberley 8th

8 Battn F Coy 1909Two postcards showing men of the Kimberley Section of “F” (Arnold) Company of the 8th (Nottinghamshire) Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment. The cards were posted from the Annual Camps at Scarborough in 1908 and 1909. Fred is pictured 3rd from the end on the second row.

PCs back

PCS back

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1901 Severn CensusThe 1901 Census records the Severn family living at Spring Hills in Kimberley. Fred’s parents Joseph (b.1866) a coal miner loader and Ellen (b.1867), and his two sisters; Maud (b. 1893) and Hilda (b. 1899).

1911 Census SevernBy 1911 the Severn family had moved to 39 Alexandra Road in Balby near to Doncaster.

39 Alexandra Road


In 1915 Fred enlisted into the Royal Engineers, but somewhat surprisingly did not declare that he had previously served in the Military of Reserve Forces.seven enlistmentsevern 1severn 2

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