Frederick Alfred Elve


Frederick Alfred Elve


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
6th Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Pier and Face 11 C

UK Memorials

Not on the Stanstead Abbotts memorials

Pre War

Born in 1890 in Stanstead Abbotts to parents Mary and James, he had three brothers and two sisters. In 1891 they were living in Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbotts, and his father was working as a malt maker. By 1901 his father had died, and his mother was working as a dairymaid. In 1911 Frederick had moved away and was working as a gardener at Pabo Nursery in Conway, North Wales. At the outbreak of war he was living at 2 Carew Road, Hampton, Middlesex.

Wartime Service

Frederick enlisted at Hounslow and joined the Royal West Kent on 19/11/1914 and was posted to France on 1/6/1915. They went into the front line for the first time on 23rd June and fought during the battle of loos. The battalion was moved to Somme area and took part in the First Somme battle from July 3rd, 1916. They were scheduled to attack enemy positions at Ovillers La Boiselle and take the village, which had been one of the objectives of the first day. The West Kents attack at 3.15am was met by ferocious enemy machine gun fire and even though they managed to reach to second German line the attack had failed by 9.00am and it was here that Frederick died but his body was not recovered.


Terry & Glenis Collins