Private Frederick George Akerman

The son of Frederick George and Florence Frances Akerman, Frederick was born in December 1899 in Cornhill in the City of London. By 1911, the family was in Aldershot where Frederick senior was a jewellery salesman.

At some point the family the family moved to Sheffield and was in Woodseats by January 1916. Frederick junior was employed by the Prudential Assurance Company as a claims clerk from January 1916 until he was called up two years later. He wanted to go into the RAF but failed the medical.

Frederick enlisted at Sheffield and after rejection by the RAF, he was assigned to the 19th London Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment), at Aldershot. After basic training, he arrived in France on the 20th August. Eleven days later he was killed in action.

He is commemorated at Vis-En-Artois Memorial which is in the Pas de Calais.

The family grave at Fulwood has an inscription:

Frederick George their son.
September 1st 1918, aged 18 years.
Killed in action in France.