Frederick Thomas Simmons known as Freddie, my maternal grandfather.

1955 WeddingI am documenting my family tree as I wish to leave a record, I am the last of this line and if I don’t write these things down then they will be lost. People like my grandfather fought bravely in two world wars and they should be remembered.

Frederick Thomas Simmons was born June 1892 in Plumstead Kent and died Oct-Dec 1960 aged 68 Woolwich. He was the eldest son of Thomas C Simmons and Edith Foster. He had three brothers only one of which I have been able to trace. If there are any family tree researchers who can tell me anything about them I would love to hear from them.

• ii. Ernest Albert Simmons was born Jan – Mar 1894 in Woolwich Kent.
• iii. Herbert Charles Simmons was born Apr – Jun 1895 in Woolwich Kent.
• iv. Cecil George Simmons was born Jul-Sep 1897 in Plumstead Kent. Married Queenie Victoria. Died 3/5/1962

Freddie was on the 1901 Census Age 8 living in 43 Lanover road, Plumstead. He enlisted in the army 8th January 1912 aged 19/20 and served in the Royal Artillery. He reached the rank of Sergeant. During the first World War. His records show 1914 – 1918 335 Royal Artillery, 1914-1915 Star medal and British War & Victory TFE medal. On 27 Nov 1917 he was mentioned in despatches. I have his 6th June 1919 Demob Certificate, 10th June 1921 Discharge, and 13th April 1923 Territorial Army Discharge. Also the tin box given Christmas 1914 to all soldiers. I have his medals including his World War II medal when he served on the home front as a Fire Volunteer.

Simmons Harris Wedding

He married Grace Edith Harris Qtr Jan-Feb-Mar 1925 District Woolwich when he was 33 and she was 26, my mother Beryl Grace Simmons was their only child and she was born 2nd October 1925.

 

AFreddy and Mogsy Simmonsccording to my mother, who admired him tremendously, he started the co-op movement in Woolwich but voted conservative. He was quite a handy man and made me some dolls house furniture. When he left the army he became a lorry driver. All his tools were in the family home when I was growing up. I remember using his wooden ruler which was hinged to pretend cut his thick white hair. He is the man on the left and my grandmother is sitting in front of him.