Other names: Frederick John
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetSalisbury, WiltshireBlandford, Dorset
Story: Frederick John Bown was born on 13 Mar 1895 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Frederick John Bown and Ellen Bown (nee Wareham). The family lived at 8 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, moving, by 1911, to Park Road, Blandford, Dorset. Frederick enlisted on the 23 Feb 1916 and joined the Royal Flying Corps eventually holding the rank of Corporal (Service No. 23420). On 23 Mar 1918 he was compulsorily transferred to the 6th Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 46196) quickly followed by a further transfer to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion of the Guards Machine Gun Regiment (Service No. 2155) finally holding the rank of Sergeant. Whilst with the RFC he had served in France otherwise he was based at home. He was demobilized on 18 Jul 1919 and took up residence at 161 Fisherton Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals. He married Violet Annie Courtney in 1925 and they went on to have three children. By the 1939 Register the family had moved to 125 Gigant Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, where Frederick was employed as a Motor Engineer. He died in Salisbury on 16 Jan 1970.