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Frederick John Arthur Corfield

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:01st Bn [1]
Name of Rgt or Ship:Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
How Died:Suicide
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Altrincham (Hale) Cem
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the June quarter 1878 in the St. George Hanover Square R.D. -
ref: 1a/372, the son of William Henry & Emily Madelina Corfield (nee

1881 Census - 10 Bolton Row, Westminster.    Son - aged: 2 - born: St.
Georges, Middlesex.    Head of household - William H. Corfield - Married -
aged: 37 - occ: Physician - born: Shrewsbury, Shropshire.    Also - Emily
E. Corfield - Wife - aged: 37 - born: St. James, Middlesex.   Plus 2
brothers and 4 domestic servants.

1891 Census - Saville Row, Westminster.   Son - aged: 12 - Student - born:
Middlesex.   Head of household - William H. Corfield - Married - aged: 47 -
occ: Physician - born: Shrewsbury, Shropshire.    Also - Emily Madeline
Corfield - Wife - aged: 47 - born: Middlesex.   Plus 5 siblings and 4
domestic servants.

1901 Census - 19 Saville Row, Westminster - Son - aged: 22 - occ: Architect
- born: Middlesex.    Head of household - William H. Corfield - Married -
aged: 57 - occ: Physician & Sanitary Adviser - born: Shrewsbury,
Shropshire.    Also - Emily M. Corfield - Wife - aged: 57 - born:
Middlesex.   Plus 4 siblings and 4 domestic servants.

Married Patricia (Patty) Gertrude Sheen at St. Matthew's P.C. Hammersmith,
London, on the 9th February 1907 at Fulham R.D. - ref: 1a/494   They had
one daughter - Joan Madeline Corfield, born at 19 Cecil Court, Redcliffe
Gardens, West Brompton, London, on the 17th December 1907, who was baptised
at St. Peter's P.C. Redcliffe Square, West Brompton, London on the 3rd
February 1908.    Patty was born during the Sep Qtr 1871 in the Derby R.D.
- ref: 7b/411.   Birth registered as Patty Gertrude Sheen.

1911 Census - 19 Cecil Court, Hollywood Road, South Kensington, London.  
Head of household - Married - aged: 32 - occ: Sanitary Adviser - born:
Mayfair, London.   Also Patty Corfield - Wife - aged: 34 - born: Bombay,
India.    Plus their daughter - Joan Corfields and 3 domestic servants.

WO 374 states:- He enlisted into the 1/28th Bn. London Regiment (Artists
Rifles) at the Town Hall, Kensington, London, on the 18th January 1916 -
then aged: 37 years 9 months - height: 5 feet 10 inches - weight: 138 lb -
chest measurements: 35½/2½ - he had recently had an operation for Hammer
Toes - his occupation was: Sanitary Advisor - he had been married for 7
years and his address was given as 31 Clanricarde Gardens, Notting Hill
Gate, London - this was later altered to read: 6a Bank Parade, North End
Road, West Kensington, London.    He served at "Home" (UK) from the 18th
January to the 3rd November 1916 and was drafted to France on the 4th
November 1916.    Whilst serving in France, he was commissioned as a 2nd
Lieutenant into the 1st Bn. Buck's - Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry on the
15th September 1917.   Another medical held at Duke's Road, West Acton,
London, in September 1917 (for commission purposes) states that he now
weighed 140 lb and his chest measurements were now 42½/5.    Promoted to
Lieutenant on the 15th March 1919.   He was demobilised on the 18th April
1920, at which time he is shown as living at 35 Avonmore Road, West
Kensington, London W14.

There are four medical reports on his file, one dated the 7th July and two
dated the 8th July 1920, all saying the same thing in that he is suffering
from acute Neurasthenia and mental depression brought on by his war service
and that he is unable to work.    One was from a Harley Street Consultant
another from the Medico-Psychological Clinic, 30 - 34 Brunswick Square
London WC1. where he was an in-patient at that time.

Died at Hale Barns, Cheshire.   Buried 13/11/20 - Burial No. 4,540.

A fourth medical certificate dated 12th July 1920 was from - Harcourt
House, Cavendish Square, London W1 - "This is to certify that I saw and
examined Frederick Arthur John Corfield of 35 Avonmore Road, West
Kensington on the 17th June 1920 and found him to be depressed and
incapable of following his pre-war occupation of Sanitary Surveyor.   I
examined the history of origin of his malady very carefully and came to the
conclusion that it is directly dependent on war strain and Army conditions
in Italy, France and Egypt.   The final exciting cause appears to have been
the responsibility thrown upon him during a staff appointment in Egypt
1919.    It is, therefore, my opinion that his depression and incapacity
are directly due to the war.   Signed W.N.B. Stoddart M.D., F.R.C.P., Hon.
Consulting Physician in Mental Diseases to St. Thomas's Hospital;  Examiner
in Psychology and Mental Diseases to the University of London;  Author of
"Mind & Its Disorders".

He committed suicide - his death certificate states that on the 9th October
1920 in a field at Higher Mainwood Farm, Ringway he shot himself with a
gun, whilst of unsound mind and died from Vagal shock and Haemorrhage - he
was then aged 42.   An inquest was held on the 12th October 1920 by the
Coroner for the Cheshire (Knutsford Division).

The Ministry of Pensions awarded his widow a pension based on the fact she
was the "widow of a Lieutenant who died of disease attributable to, or
aggravated by military service".    The officer had not resigned his
commission and remained subject to military law up and including the date
of his death.

The solicitors representing him were  Messrs. Vardon & Corfield, 26 Old
Burlington Street, London W.1.  The solicitors being Percy John Vardon and
Thomas Henry Corfield.   The latter was probably his brother, born Mar Qtr
1877, whereas Frederick was born Jun Qtr 1878, both in the same
registration district of London.

Patty never remarried and died during the Sep Qtr 1948 in the Westminster
R.D. ref: 5c/300 - aged: 72.

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