Other names: Frederick Hubert
Locations in this story: Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireBlandford, DorsetDonhead St. Andrew, WiltshireScilly IslesTrowbridge, WiltshireWarminster, Wiltshire
Story: Frederick Hubert Biddiscombe was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 9 Dec 1881 and baptised there at the Independent Chapel on 13 Jan 1882 the son of Henry Biddiscombe and Emma Foot Biddiscombe (nee Smart). He spent his early life in Ludwell until, by 1901, he was boarding in Blandford, Dorset, working as a Tailor. He married Margaret Wilhelmina Shannon in Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 21 Aug 1907 and by 1911 was living with his parents-in-law in Donhead St. Andrew. He enlisted into the Royal Navy on 30 Oct 1916 as an Air Mechanic (Service No. F22987) serving with the Royal Naval Air Service based in the Scilly Isles. At the time he was transferred on the formation of the Royal Air Force on 1 Apr 1918 he was an Acting Air Mechanic Class working as a Aero Rigger. His new Service No. with the RAF became 222987. He was discharged on 22 Mar 1919 and qualified for the Victory and British War Medals. His address was then given as Park Gates, Donhead St. Mary. Wiltshire. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 11 Wingfield Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, working as a Builder and Government Contractor. He died in the Samborne Hospital, Warminster, Wiltshire, on 3 May 1957. Of his brothers, Arthur James Biddiscombe died whilst serving and Ernest John Biddiscombe served and survived.