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Person Details
Leeds, Yorkshire
Frederick was the son of Thomas Shippam and his second wife Emily Walls (née Spoffard). His father Thomas was born in Nottingham in about 1847. His mother Emily was born in Hull, Yorkshire, in 1849, the daughter of John and Sarah Spoffard. Emily married Joseph Walls in 1875 (Dublin North, Ireland) and had two daughters, Rose Isabella b. Ireland 1875 (Dublin North, Ireland) and Minnie b. Barnsley, Yorkshire, 1878. In 1881 the widowed Emily, a clothing machinist, and her two daughters, were living with her widowed mother, Sarah Spoffard, on Spring Street, Leeds. Thomas Shippam, a widower, and Emily were married at Leeds St George on 20 June 1881. They had at least three children who were all born in Leeds: James William b. 18 April 1882, Herbert b. 1886 (reg. J/F/M) and Frederick b. 1889. In 1891 Thomas, a home decorator, and Emily were living in Leeds with her two daughters, Rose (15) and Minnie (13), and their sons James (9), Herbert (5) and Frederick (1). All five children had the surname Shippam and were described as Thomas' children. In 1901 Emily, a tailoress (working from home), was registered living at 5 Park Court, Leeds, with her three sons, James a joiner (printers), Herbert a machine minder (cloth mill) and Frederick. Also in the household was a boarder, John Myers (20), a moulder. Minnie had married George William Wilson in 1898; Rose was unmarried but no longer living with her mother. Thomas Shippam was recorded at 4 Harold Place, Sneinton, Nottingham, as a boarder in the household of Elizabeth Stoppard (51), married. Their son Herbert, a cycle repairer, enlisted in the Notts & Derby Regiment on 26 January 1904 and was serving with the 1st Battalion (9120 Corporal) in Bangalore, India, when he died on 26 January 1909. His father Thomas died in Nottingham in December the same year. By 1911 Emily was living at 19 Nugent Street, Calcutta Street, St Ann's Well Road, with her married son James, a painter and paperhanger, his wife Annie and their two children, Constance (3) and Graham (1). Frederick had transferred from the Militia, which he had joined in 1907, to the York and Lancaster Regiment in 1908 and in 1911 was serving in Karachi, India. Emily had moved to 4 Brook Street, Beck Street, Sneinton, by the time of Frederick's death in April 1915. James completed a form for the army in 1919 on behalf of his mother, listing his brother Frederick's surviving blood relatives: Emily was living at 45 Heathcote Street, Goosegate, Nottingham, as was James (38). Frederick's half-sister Rose Walls (47) was living in Rochdale and his half-sister Minnie Wilson (42) in Leeds. Emily Shippam died in 1928 (reg. J/F/M Nottingham). James William served in the 2nd Battalion Yorks & Lancaster Regiment (6641) from 23 October 1901 until discharged by purchase (£25) on 18 September 1905. He later enlisted in the Army Reserve (Special Reservists), 6 years service, and was mobilized on 21 January 1915, serving initially in the 3rd Bn Royal Sussex Regiment but transferring in July 1916 to the Machine Gun Corps (45800) in which Corps he was promoted A/QMS. He was discharged on 6 November 1918 (disability) and awarded Silver War Badge No. B124384 in March 1919. James (23) had married Annie Elizabeth Hood (22) at Worth SS Peter & Paul, Worth, Kent, on 2 December 1905 and they had at least six children: Constance Evelyn Ethel b. Sandwich Kent 1 October 1909; Graham Herbert James b. Milton 25 April 1909; Cyril Thomas William b. Nottingham 9 November 1911; Leonard Lewis Vivian b. Folkestone Kent 28 May 1913; Frederick Harold Charles b. Newhaven 9 September 1915 and Gladys Louisa b. Grantham 17 December 1917. They were still living at 45 Heathcote Street in 1923. James' wife Annie Elizabeth died in 1933 (J/F/M). James married secondly Edith E Beresford (b. 18 September 1897) in 1936. In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, James an unemployed painter, and Edith were living on Clipstone Avenue, Arnold, Nottingham. The records of two other members of the household remain closed. James died in 1961.
He was a baker upon enlistment.
09 Apr 1915
916645 - CWGC Website
1st Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
He enlisted at Nottingham in the Miliitia, Sherwood Foresters, on 4 November 1907 aged 17 years 11 months, standing 5 feet one and a half inches and weighing 105 lbs. An officer noted 'Smart lad, should grow to the required height when subject to drill & physical training.' The army considered him 'of good character'. He transferred to the York and Lancaster Regiment on 3 July 1908 by which time he had grown one inch and put on four pounds in weight. He was serving with 1st Battalion at Napier Barracks, Karachi, in 1911. He served in France from 15 January 1915 and was killed in action three months later on 9 April 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panels 36 & 55). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Family member Roger Shippam notes 'Herbert... died serving in India, but before the start of WW1 I think. His brother James (my grandad) survived the war, having been a pioneer sergeant setting up Belton Woods near Grantham in the Machine Gun Corps, and later as a quartermaster sergeant at Clipston.' Thanks to Roger Shippam for help compiling this page. David Nunn Frederick authorised a separation allowance allotting his mother 3/6d (three shillings and six pence) a week from his pay. The last payment was made on 3 May 1915. His mother was sent his personal possessions in September 1915; she was then living at 4 Brook Street.
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  • Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)
    Frederick Shippam - Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)