Frederick Charles, 32 Keith Street, Stornoway

Last address in Lewis: 32 Keith Street, Stornoway
Service unit: 4th Royal Irish Fusiliers
Service number: 18635
Date of death: 9 September 1915 at the age of 45
Died of drowning in the River Clyde
Interred: Glasgow Eastern Necropolis, grave 12. 2057.

Frederick is shown in the 1881 census of Stornoway, aged 11, living at 32 Keith Street, Back Court. He is a scholar, the son of Margaret (32) and  Frederick (a seaman, not present at census time) and brother of Johanna (13).

In 1891, Frederick appears in the census at 6 Blackburn Street, Govan, Glasgow, aged 21. He is a baker, living with his mother Margaret (46) and siblings Johanna (23) and Donald (14).

By 1901, Frederick (31) is married to Isabella Charles (27), and has a baby son, Kenneth, aged 9 months. They live at 136 Nelson Street, Govan; Frederick is a journeyman baker.

Frederick drowned in the River Clyde opposite berth no 12, Broomielaw, Glasgow. He is quoted as living at 89 Oran Street. It is mentioned he was a private in the 4th Royal Irish Fusiliers. At the time of his death, both his parents were deceased.

His birth certificate shows he was born in Stornoway.


  1. He was my Great Granduncle. Thanks for sharing this information. I'm finding it particularly difficult to trace my family any further back than 1871 when they still lived in Lewis.

    1. His parents were married at Stornoway on 11 March 1864

    2. Thanks! I couldn't find their certificate on the register of marriages. Where did you find it?

    3. This was referred to on the birth certificate. If you like, I can forward a copy through Google+

  2. That would be very helpful. Thanks very much!