Other names: Frederick William Oborne
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetBournemouth, HampshireEnfield, Middlesex
Story: Frederick William Oborne Wall was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1 Oct 1899 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 29 Oct 1899 the son of Rosetta Maud Wall. (No father is mentioned in the Baptismal record). He was living at 19 High Street, Shaftesbury, at the time of the 1901 Census living with his single mother and her widowed father. Rosetta married William Edward King in Shaftesbury, Dorset, during 1902 and, by 1911, were living at 49 High Street, Shaftesbury, where Frederick (Fred) was shown as the step son. According to the Absent Voters List of 1918 Frederick was serving with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 38316). No Military or Medal records have been found to support this. He married Alice Savina Butt at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 24 Aug 1921. A later record shows that on 19 Nov 1923 he enlisted as a Territorial with the Royal Artillery as a Driver (Service No. 752708). This record also shows that he had in fact served with the 1/9th Battalion of the Royal Hampshire Regiment for 5 years prior to this (Service No. 0945) and had gained the Victory and British War Medals. He was discharged on 31 Dec 1925. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 38 Hawthorne Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as a Road Construction Labourer and a volunteer Auxiliary Fireman. His death, according to family records, claims to have been in Enfield, Middlesex, in 1979. This needs to be confirmed.