Blencowe Frederick G 1889

 Frederick George Blencowe  [4280]


Known as George

Father Nm: Frederick John Blencowe [2452] born J. Q. Wolverhampton 1865 mother Bagley died 1915 Dec Q Wolverhampton ; Oldest known ancestor- Francis Blencowe, 1655, Helmdon

Mother Nm: Amelia Reynolds [6665] 1867-1947 Wolverhampton

Marriage Dt:1922 to Ethel Simpson

Apr-May-Jun 1922, Registration district: Wolverhampton, Inferred County: Staffordshire

Volume Number: 6b, Page Number: 1191

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Brothers Bertram Thomas served with the Royal Engineers and died while in England, and Edgar Lionel served with the Highland Light Infantry.


Nephew George Henry served with the Royal Army Service Corps in the Middle East and was taken POW.

Spouse Comments: Ethel Simpson [6667] born 12.2.1894 died 1975 Wolverhampton 1922

Children: Joan D 1922, Kathleen M 1928.

(Research): GR[B] Wolverhampton March 1889 JD Walton

GR[D] Wolverhampton vol 9b p 880 June 1956

1901 Census Coleman St Wolverhampton
  1. Blencowe Ada M Dau F 1900 Wolverhampton 6M
  2. Blencowe Amelia Wife F 1867 Swindon 34
  3. Blencowe Edgar L Son M 1894 Wolverhampton 7
  4. Blencowe Frederick J Head Baker and Confectioner Journeyman M 1867 Wolverhampton 34
  5. Blencowe Percy E Son M 1892 Wolverhampton 9
  6. Blencowe George Son M 1889 Wolverhampton 12
1911 Census with Grandparents 58 Oak Street, Wolverhampton
  1. Blencowe George Grandson General Grocery Dealer
Royal Field Artillery

Blencowe (Frederick) George, 1889, Wolverhampton, Driver, 90710, Royal Field Artillery.

George was a Gun Train Driver ie Horse-drawn gun carriages driven by several horses with one or more drivers, The drivers could also be gunners and trained to load, fire the weaponry.

RFA Driver showing his skills in combat iWN Canal Nord
RFA Driver showing his skills.
source IWM Canal Nord
  • 24th Aug. Enlisted at Wolverhampton occupation Turner
  • 26th Dec. Posted to the 173rd Battery of the LIV (54th) Brigade 10th Irish Division. After initial training at the regimental depots, in 1915 the Division moved to the Curragh, Newbridge and Kildare.
  • May. The division moved to England concentrating around Basingstoke.
  • 7th Jul. Bn. joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force1
  • 9th Jul. Departed from Liverpool for Lemnos.
  • 20th Jul. Landed Alexandria, Egypt.
  • 9th Aug. Embarked for Gallipoli with the MEF.
  • 25th Aug. Returned to Alexandria.
  • 10th Oct. Embarked for Gallipoli.
  • 16th Oct. Returned to Alexandria. The two trips from Alexandria to Gallipoli and back indicate that George was delivering guns to the front. It should be noted George’s Brigade the LIV Bde. landed after most of the 10th Division on Gallipoli and it seems they also departed after most of the 10th Div. Had moved on to Salonika on the 4-5th Oct 1915.The LIV Bde. joining them later.
  • 7/8th Dec. Took part in the action at Kosturino, in the retreat from Serbia.
  • 17th Jun. Salonika AWOL. Sentence to 21 days internment, arrested by French police only absent 3hrs!
  • 29th Aug. The LIV (54th) Bde transferred to 28th Division which stayed on in Greece while the 10th Division went to Egypt.
  • 16th Oct. The 28th Division was in action during the occupation of Mazirko and the capture of Barakli Jum’ a. From the New York Times. London, Nov. 1. Barakli-Azuma, a strongly fortified village, nine miles southwest of Demir-Hissar, in the Struma section of the Macedonian front, has been captured by British troops, who further south also occupied the village of Prosenik and Kumli, the former being on the railroad between Demir-Hissar and Seres.
  • Feb and Jun. Letters from a worried Mother. letters are received by the Army from George’s mother who is distraught having lost one son (Bertram Thomas) in the war and also had one severely wounded she fears the worst. She identifies his last known address and brigade. No correspondence back from Army but presumably George was reprimanded and he eventually sent a letter home to his mother.letters-re-frederick-george-blencowe
  • 18-19th Sept. The Battle of Doiran. The British and Greek armies attacked Doiran and the Bulgarian Army. The British concentrated 231 pieces of artillery, including heavy 8 inch howitzers. The bombardment took place over two days, included gas shells and concluded with a rolling barrage behind which the infantry was to advance. was a disaster for the British Divisions. They had to frontal assault ‘Pip Ridge’ which was a 2000 foot high heavily defended mountain ridge with fortresses built on some of the higher mountains, notably Grand Couronne. The British sustained very heavy casualties.
  • 22-28th Sept. The pursuit to the Strumica valley.
  • 30th Sept. Hostilities with Bulgaria ceasedThe Division in the area of Trnovo. The Division was ordered in early November to move to Gallipoli to occupy the Dardanelles forts. On 14 November 85th Brigade arrived at Constantinople and a Divisional HQ was established at Chanak.
  • 12th Nov. Embarked on troopship home, Home 19th Dec 1918
  • 18th Feb. Demobilised at No 4 Depot, Woolwich from 19th Reserve Battery RFA
  1. The Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF) was part of the British Army during World War I, which commanded all Allied forces at Gallipoli and Salonika. This included the initial naval operation to force the straits of the Dardanelles and later on Gallipoli. Its headquarters was formed in March 1915.
  2. source
  3. 1918 mother is given as Constance? which is an error. Mother Amelia alive is mentioned in a demobilised document. Amelia died in 1947, Father had died in 1915
  4. War Diary 28th Div.
  5. National Archives Medals Records.

Awarded 1914-1915 Star, British and Victory medals

Medals posted to 98 Rowe St Wolverhampton

After the War
1939 Census

Address: Thompson St 10
Residence Place: Bilston, Staffordshire, England
Occupation: Blacksmiths Striker

Household Members:
George F Blencowe
Ethel Blencowe
Joan Blencowe
Kathleen Blencowe

Death 1956

Died age 67 Wolverhampton