Rank, service number and regiment
Regimental Sergeant Major 14058 40th Brigade, Royal Garrison
Sandown, Isle of Wight 1896
Tremara or house next to Tremara, now demolished, Church Street, K.E. He then moved to 115 Grosvenor Street, Southsea.
Date of death
10 November 1918
Age of death
Circumstances of death
On 6 November 1918 Fred was admitted to No. 26 Military Hospital, Etaples, France with Broncho-Pneumonia symptoms. He died on 10 November of influenza, one of the casualties of the Spanish Flu epidemic. He was the 34th and last man from K.E. to lose his life in WW1. He died a day before the end of the war.
LA20, Etaples Military Cemetery, France
Date of birth & full name
1876. FRED GRINTER
Ostler, then career soldier from 1896
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives the following information:
Son of William and Hannah Grinter; husband of Florence Eva Grinter, of 115, Grosvenor St, Southsea. Native of K.E. Martock, Somerset.
Spouse & children
Florence Eva Tilley (1880-1959) of 115 Grosvenor Street, Southsea, Hants. Married 27/09/1905.
William John Frederick b.1907 Cupar, Fife. Florence Hilda Louise b.1909 K.E. Reginald James George b.1911 K.E.
Percy Albert Edward b.1912 K.E.
Fred was an artillery instructor with the RGA until being posted overseas to France in April 1916. He was awarded the Silver War Medal and the Victory Medal. Prior to WW1 he was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.
In 1881 Fred was living with his grandparents George and Mary Grinter in Muchelney. In 1891 he was living with a cousin.
In 1896 he joined the Royal Artillery aged 18 years, having already been in the Hampshire Militia for a number of months.
Fred’s army record survives:
At 18 he was 5’ 9 ¾’’ tall, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair. Weight 141 lbs, chest measurement 34½’’ with expansion to 35 ½’’.
He enlisted in 1896 for 7 years. He then extended his service for 12 years, gaining promotion in 1903. He served in Arabia, Cyprus and Gibraltar. He was already serving in the army when war was declared in 1914.
Fred was mentioned in dispatches:
London Gazette 11 December 1917 sup 30427, page 13076 – see photo below. This indicates he showed outstanding courage.