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Name Frederick  John Standen
Date/Place of Birth 5 May 1892 / 1 Spotted Dog Cottages, Willesden Green, Middx
Parents' Names Frederick George Standen; Sarah (nee Green)
Father's Occupation/Location Journeyman Plumber; Hampstead, Middx
Father's Death/Incapacity Consumption
Admitted to AO 18 Feb 1898 (Aged 5)
Admission No 5262
Left OWS&AO 5 May 1906 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Clerk; 31 Churchill Road, Willesden Green
Enlistment Location Kilburn, Middx
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private; 39582, 41292
Battalion/Regiment Northants or Northumberland Regiment
Killed/Death 1 Mar 1918 (Aged 25)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Ribecourt British Cemetery
Memorial Reference B.28
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Frederick John was born to Frederick and Sarah Standen on 5 May 1892 at Willesden Green, Middlesex. Frederick’s father died when his son was five, and Frederick was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage in February 1898. He left the Orphan Working School eight years later on his fourteenth birthday. The 1911 Census shows him working as a Clerk and living at Willesden Green. Frederick was enlisted into the Army at Kilburn, and joined either the Northants or Northumberland Regiment. At some time later he became part of 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment which landed in France on 25th July 1916. Private Standen was killed in action on 1 March 1918, aged 25, and is either buried or commemorated on a memorial at the Ribecourt British Cemetery, in the village of Ribecourt in the Nord locality of France. The cemetery commemorates the deaths of nearly 300 Commonwealth war casualties. In his will, Frederick Standen left the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage £10: “In appreciation of the Institution’s magnificent work and of the great benefits I received there”.
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