Church Street in Kingsbury Episcopi

Fred Grinter


The forgotten soldier Church Street in Kingsbury Episcopi

Rank, service number and regiment

Regimental Sergeant Major 14058 40th Brigade, Royal Garrison
Artillery

Enlisted

Sandown, Isle of Wight 1896

Home address

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

41 years

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.

Where buried

LA20, Etaples Military Cemetery, France

Date of birth & full name

1876. FRED GRINTER

Occupation

Ostler, then career soldier from 1896

Parents

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.
Children:
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.

Awards

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.

Other information

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.