Frederick Arthur Palmer

Lance Corporal
Norfolk Regiment
Date of death 
13 October 1915
Age of death 
50 Eastwood Road
Address source 
1911 Census
Cemetery / Memorial 

Frederick was born in Hackney on 12th September 1894 and joined Ilford County High School from Hackney’s Lauriston Road Elementary School on 16th September 1907. He studied at the school for four years, leaving with both an Oxford Junior Local examination and Intermediate French certificates.

His father, Samuel, worked as a bank clerk and his mother, Emily looked after Frederick and his seven siblings. He had four brothers (Samuel, Herbert, Wilfred and Oliver) and three sisters (Annie, Matilda and Lillian). He was the youngest child in the family. They lived at 50 Eastwood Road, Goodmayes.

Upon leaving school, Frederick followed his father’s career path and became a bank clerk.

The Roll of Honour in the school magazine for 1914 records that Frederick had joined the Norfolk Regiment. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website confirms that he served with the 7th Battalion of the Norfolk (Service number 12736) and that he died on 13th October 1915. He was commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France (Panels 30-31).

Research by Andrew Emeny, History Teacher at ICHS


ICHS school records and magazines

Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Ilford County High School started life as the Park Higher Grade School in 1901 in Balfour Road, Ilford. It was renamed Ilford County High School (or initially County High School, Ilford) in the years after the school’s management was transferred from Ilford School Board to Essex Education Committee in 1904.