Frederick Jones KINSEY
Rank: Private
Number: 160916
Unit: LABOUR CORPS (RASC on mem)
Date of Death: 19 November 1917
Age: 19
Cemetery: Cheadle & Gatley Cemetery

Frederick was born in the September quarter of 1898, the son of Joseph and Jane Kinsey. He is known to have had a sister, but her name is not recorded.

In 1916, he married Bertha Chapman at St Paul's Church, Portwood and, in the following February, he joined the army. He was originally allocated to the Royal Army Service Corps (service number 288493) and his commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial is as a member of this Corps. However, his official commemoration by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that he had been transferred to the Labour Corps.

This transfer must have been shortly before his death as he was based at Grove Park which was the main training area for the RASC's motor transport troops. Frederick died of diphtheria at Thetford Military Hospital. He never served abroad on active service.

News will have come quickly to Bertha, then living at 18 Benton Street, Portwood (and later at 43 Brady Street). The family would have been faced with a financial dilemma. The army would have paid for Frederick's funeral and burial if it was at Thetford, but the cost of bringing his body back to Stockport would have had to be born by the family. This is, obviously, what they chose to do.

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