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Frederick (Fred) James Dewis was baptised on the 5th August 1888 in Patterdale. His mother, Mary Jane Dewis, was not married at the time and so we do not know who Fred’s father was. In 1891 Fred was living with his mother and grandparents at the Rake Cottages in Glenridding, as his grandfather was a miner at Greenside. His mother married David Brown on 15th Feb 1893. David was also a miner and lived at the Rakes. It appears young Fred stayed with his grandparents rather than join his mother and her new family, and by 1901 was living a 1 The Square in Glenridding with his grand mother Margaret. He would have attended Patterdale School, alongside contemporaries such as Jack Bell, Ernest Lake, and Glen Pattinson, but would probably have left by the time his half-
We know that Fred was a keen member of the Patterdale Football Team, and is almost certainly featured on the 1906 team photo which we believe also included Ernest and Glen, and well as the 1914 photo from which his picture on the left is taken and which is also shown in full below.
On the 30th November 1908 Fred married Mary Kyles at Patterdale Church. By then he was working as a miner at Greenside, and she was working at the Ullswater Hotel. They moved to Number 3 Halton Terrace and by the time war broke out had had 3 children, twins Percy and Nora (in 1909), Thomas (in 1911) and Margaret (1914). Sadly Nora died aged just 11 months in 1910. It was just over a month after Margaret’s christening in April 1914 that Fred took part in the triumphant replay against Appleby in the Penrith and District Cup of April 1914, which Ullswater won 3-
We’re not sure exactly when Fred joined up but it is possible that it was later on in the war, and possibly after his half-
When he returned from the war Fred started working again at Greenside and in January 1921 Mary gave birth to another son, Frank, possibly named after his step-
We’re not sure what happened to all the children, although we do know son Frederick married Ruth Rodd in March 1946, and eldest son Percy remained in Glenridding living in 4 Low Glenridding until his death in 1968. Fred’s wife Mary died 21 Mar 1961 whilst living at Harefield Kirby Thore, and was buried at Patterdale alongside her husband.
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Private Frederick (Fred) James Dewis
32822 Border Regiment
Born 1888, Glenridding. Died November 1936 Aged 49 Glenridding
Son of Mary Jane Dewis (later Mary Jane Brown)
Half Brother of Frank Brown
Husband of Mary Kyles
Father of Percy, Nora, Thomas, Margaret, Frederick and Frank
The Ullswater Rovers Football Team in 1914. Fred is in the middle behind William Stockdale who has the cup, and to the left of Earnest Roach. The other team members are named on our 1914 Ullswater Football Team page.