Frederick James Walter Powell was born on 12 July 1892 in St John’s Maryleborne. His father, William Joseph Powell, was a Merchant Seaman who died aged only 34 on 13 March, 1902. Fred married Ellen Sarah Gardener in St Cuthbert’s Church, Hampstead on 24 September 1914, six weeks after the beginning of the Great War.
Fred and Nell had three children: Frederick Roy, born 12 April 1915; Eileen Maud Rosa, born 8 July, 1917; and Joan Audrey, born 19 January 1919. Roy, who was a talented drummer, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1936. Eileen and Joan Audrey (Peg), both widowed, lived next door to each other in Alton until Eileen passed away in 2013.
Fred served in the infantry in World War 1. He and his family moved to Alton in 1930 and for 32 years he worked at the Kingdon’s, the ironmongers, in the High Street.
In 1939 Fred and Nell were living at ‘The Eagles’ on Windmill Hill in Alton with Eile and her new husband Vincent Mortara; Peg, who was 20 and already going out Edwin Henry Meadows, and Florence Gardiner, Nell’s mother.
Fred died aged 77 in 1969. A brief obituary was published in the Alton Gazette.