Born in 1890 in the village of Aslockton, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, Fred attested for the Royal Engineers in October 1915, aged twenty-six; he was a married quarryman who lived near the Cross at Crich. He married Elsie Crowder on 2 November 1912 when he was working as a chimney sweep and she worked at Lea Mills. One of the witnesses to the marriage was Samuel Doxey Bond who also served in the Royal Engineers. His wife Elsie was sister to Arthur Crowder another soldier from the parish.
While serving in France he was treated at Rouen Hospital for a cut finger and in November 1918 was discharged as being no longer physically fit. He was awarded the Silver War Badge. He passed away in Derby in 1929
Silver War Badge
136584 Dvr Whitehead Fred, TD Aldershot, badge B40461, enlisted 16/10/15 discharged 7/11/19, sickness, served abroad
Army Service Record
He attested 16/10/15 aged 26 years 3 month, a married labourer in quarry who lived near the Cross, Crich. His height was 5 ft 6¼in and weight 135lb. The next of kin was his wife Elsie Whitehead. They had four children: George Arthur (born Fritchley 16/12/12); Frederick Joseph (born Fritchley 26/10/13); Betsy Lynn (born Crich 02/02/15); Jack (born Belper 03/06/16). His daughter, Betsy Lynn Whitehead, died 12/01/16 aged eleven months of pneumonia.
13/04/16 In Rouen he was treated for cut first finger, right hand.
07/11/18 He was discharged no longer physically fit as a driver.
Medically not approved as V.D.H Apex beat well outside ? suffers from shortness of breath;
1891: Aslockton, Bingham, Newark
|Joseph||Whitehead||Head||34||Chimney Sweeper||Orston, Notts|
RG12 piece 2717 folio 38 page 5
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1911: Red Lodge, Screveton, Nottinghamshire
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1939 Register: Kirkham Lane, Fritchley
Elsie Whitehead (widow) b. 4 October 1890
Joseph F Whitehead b.26 October 1913; horse driver
Jack Whitehead b.3 June 1916; spar miner
Leslie Whitehead b.9 September 1921; road labourer miner
Irene Higginbotham (Whitehead) b.6 February 1925; stamping work
Albert Whitehead b.26 June 1927; school
Margatert Horton (Whitehead) b.8 May 1929; school