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The names of 197 local men who lost their lives in World War I are
inscribed on the bells of the Memorial Community Church in Plaistow. They are our local heroes

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Frederick Mortimer

Leading Stoker
Royal Navy
Silvertown, London - 4 November 1891
At sea - 31 May 1916
Killed in action
Served in
Royal Navy
22 Eastwood Road, North Woolwich Rd, West Silvertown London,

Frederick's story

Frederick Mortimer served on HMS Invincible which was sunk at the Battle of Jutland, with only six survivors.

It’s possible the Private A Mortimer also commemorated on the bells was his brother Albert Mortimer.

If so, this would be the first time so far that we have found the names of two men from one family on the bells; in several cases only one of the brothers is commemorated. But Albert and Frederick Mortimer┬áhad a third brother Henry who also died in the First World War, on 23 Mar 1918. He was apparently married just before dying. Frederick and Albert do not appear to have graves so that could possibly be why they were included on this memorial and he was not, but we don’t know.

Thanks to Roger F Mortimer of the Guild of One Name Studies for this information.

Service Number
K/10035 (Ch)
Chatham Naval Memorial, UK
  • HMS Invincible

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  1. Roger F Mortimer
    May 31, 2016
    4:17 pm

    Frederick Mortimer

    Ldg Sto

    Birth Date:
    4 Nov 1891

    Birth Place:
    Silvertown, London, England

    Branch of Service:
    Royal Navy

    Cause of Death:
    Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action

    Official Number Port Division:
    K.10035. (Ch)

    Death Date:
    31 May 1916

    Ship or Unit:
    HMS Invincible

    Location of Grave:
    Not recorded

    Name and Address of Cemetery:
    Body Not Recovered For Burial

    Relatives Notified and Address:
    Mother: Annie 22, Eastwood Rd, North Woolwich, Rd, W Silvertown London, E

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