Fred Ivett

Census Address: Borderville Cottages
Place of Birth: Essendine
Date of Birth: 1895
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: Yorkshire and Lancashire
Service Numbers: --
Place of Death: Ypres,
Date Died: 3rd April 1918
Borderville Cottages

Frederick Ivett – Borderville Cottages

Frederick Ivett was born in the latter months of 1895 in Essendine, Rutland. He lived in Borderville Cottages on Ryhall Road in Stamford together with his father John, born in Alconbury, Huntingdonshire and mother Rebekah (Rebecca) born in  Duddington, Northants. John and Rebekah were married in 1879 and lived first in Alconbury, then in Essendine, moving to Stamford before 1900 where John was a shepherd on Borderville Farm.

Fred was one of nine children and although some of his older siblings had left home before 1911 there were still five children at home in 1911. Living with Fred were two younger sisters – Ruth born in 1899 and Lydia born in 1900 and two older brothers –  Walter  born 1888 and Wilby born 1891.

Walter was a groom and Wilby a farm labourer on Borderville Farm. On leaving school, Fred joined them as a farm labourer on the same farm.

He enlisted in Stamford in the army on the outbreak of WWI. Boys like Fred, experienced in working with horses on the farm, were drafted into the Royal Field Artillery where horses were used to pull the big field guns into position. Fred became Driver 149394 but after being posted to France was transferred to the 1st/4th Hallamshire Battalion of the Yorkshire and Lancaster Regiment. He fought on the Western Front as Private 203342 for almost the whole of the war.

Sadly his death was recorded on 3rd April 1918 and his Victory and British medals were awarded posthumously. He has no known grave – see additions below.

Fred Ivett Stamford Boys Poppy

Fred Ivett Stamford Boys Poppy

Fred Ivett grave

Fred Ivett grave

Amendments and Addenda

Essendine is in Rutland (not Lincolnshire). When Fred died he was 22 years old. His mother was a widow.
His grave has been found at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery: Grave No XXVI E14. This is the second largest cemetery in Belgium, 12 km west of Ypres. A number of Field Hospitals were established in the area to treat those injured at Ypres which is probably what happened to Fred.
A Stamford Boys Poppy Cross has been left there to show the grave has been visited.