Other names: Frederick Percy Walter
Locations in this story: High Street, Shaftesbury, DorsetFreemantle, Southampton, HampshireFrance & FlandersAldrington, SussexSouthwick, Brighton, SussexStevenage, Hertfordshire
Story: Frederick Percy Walter Belbin was born in Shaftesbury on 15th April 1890, the son of John Belbin and Clementine Amelia Belbin (née Maidment). He lived his early life with the family at 63 High Street, Shaftesbury. By 1911 he had moved to Freemantle, Southampton, Hampshire, where he was boarding and working as a Carpenter and Joiner. He enlisted and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 65085). He served in France and Flanders and, whilst there, suffered gun shot wounds to the Right Leg for which he eventually received a small pension. He was discharged on 25th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. (NB No 1921 Census record could be found.) He married Louisa Mabel Mitford Wagstaff at St. Philip's Church, Aldrington, Sussex, on 18 Feb 1922 and they went on to have one daughter. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 86 Southwick Road, Southwick, Brighton, Sussex, working as a Carpenter and Joiner. His death was recorded in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on 25th August 1975. Frederick's brothers, Harold John Belbin and Arthur Mervin Belbin, also served in the conflict.