Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


351084

Regiment:


London Regiment

Unit:

7th (City of London) Battalion

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Hornsey, London

Occupation:

Printer

Date of death:

10/07/1920  Died in Chelmsford

Cause of death:

Wounds and tuberculosis

Grave or panel reference:

2568

Name of father:

Frederick

Name of siblings:

Madeline Edna, Nora Frederica (half siblings)

Name(s) of children:

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

19/01/1897

Place of enlistment:

Sun Street E.C.

Event:

France and Flanders

Age at death:

23

Cemetery or memorial:

Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery

Other memorial:

St. Mellitus Church

Name of mother:

Louisa Elisabeth (née Paul)

Name of spouse:

Address:

30 Upper Tollington Park, N4

Biography:

Frederick Cleverly Chipp, the only son of Frederick and Louisa Elizabeth Chipp (née Paul), was born on 19 January 1897 and baptised at New Court Congregational Church on 30 October 1898. He had two older half-sisters, Madeleine Edna Chipp (born 1886) and Nora Frederica Chipp (born 1890), whose mother Minnie Chipp (née Viney) had died in 1893, a year before their father remarried. 

By the time of the 1901 Census, the Chipp family were living at 30 Upper Tollington Park, only a few minutes from New Court. Frederick was still there when he signed up to serve in the volunteer Territorial Force on 25 November 1914, and his war records give his occupation as printer. Madeleine and Nora were both married by now, Madeleine to Arthur Weeden and Nora to Frederick Dowsett.

Frederick served in the 7th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment and was sent to France on 4 September 1916. On 7 October 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, he received a gunshot wound in his left leg. He was sent back to England on 25 November 1916 and honourably discharged (as an invalid) from the Army on 5 April 1917. 

A handwritten letter from his father, held in Frederick’s Army records at the National Archives in Kew, states that his son had contracted tuberculosis in France and died on 10 July 1920 in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. He was just 23 years old. Frederick is buried in Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea, and is honoured on the plaque at New Court, now St Mellitus, along with Madeleine’s husband Arthur Weeden, who had died in 1917 while serving on the Western Front with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Also among Frederick’s Army records are several letters penned by his father asking whether he was entitled to receive a war plaque for his son’s service. The Next of Kin Memorial Plaque is a bronze plaque measuring approximately 4½in (11cm) in diameter and inscribed with the name of those who died serving with the British and Empire Forces in the First World War. It was issued to casualty’s the next of kin, along with a scroll. These were posted out separately, typically in 1919 and 1920, and a “King’s message” was enclosed with both, containing a facsimile of the monarch’s signature. 

Frederick’s records show that his family received their plaque in 1921, but not, sadly, before his father died in February of that year. Paperwork in his Army records shows that Louisa, who was still listed as a member of New Court Church in the 1921 manual, acknowledged receipt of his British War Medal and Victory Medal only in October 1922, which suggests that they did not reach the family until more than two years after his death.