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World War 1 Memorial Project

Frederick James Sansome


Name: Frederick James Sansome

Rank:  Corporal

Service Number: 55158 

Regiment: RAMC

Battalion/Unit number: 15th Stationary Hospital

Date/year of Birth: 1893

Place of Birth: Taunton

Place of Residence: Fern Bank, 7, Priory Avenue

Date of Death: 21/11/1918

Place of Death: East Africa

Burial/Memorial: Nakaru North Cemetery, Nairobi

In 1901 Frederick was living at home in Priory Avenue with his parents John and Eliza Jane.  John was a tin and copper smith working at home. Frederick was one of six children Frances, Ethel, Walter, Frederick, Victor and Hilda.

By 1911 Frederick was still living at home in Priory Avenue and working as a printer machinist. His father was by now a widower.  

His Service Record states that he enlisted on the 13th Feb 1915, aged 21 years 6 months. He was living at 21, Swiss Road, Weston-super-Mare.  After serving initially in Egypt  he moved to Mombassa in May 1916 joining the East African Force and the following month was admitted to hospital with malaria. This was the first of nine admittances, usually for a few weeks at a time, to hospital with malaria the last being in September 1918.

He was appointed Acting Corporal from 1st May 1918.

On November 16th 1918  he was admitted to the Command Camp Hospital at Nakuru with influenza and broncho-pneumonia and by November 20th had been placed on the dangerous list.  The next day he died, ten days after the end of the Great War.

His brother Horace Victor served in the RAF but survived the war.



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