James Frederick Else (1896–1962)


Royal Naval Vounteer Reserve BZ 7987 HMS Victory II

James Frederick Else – better known as Fred – was born at Crich on 28 July 1896, the son of Samuel and Eliza Else. He worked as a wire drawer at Ambergate wireworks. On 14 August 1918 he enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. His service was entirely shore-based at a training depot in London. He was discharged on 15 January 1919 and returned to his employment at the wireworks. No marriage has been found. Fred passed away in August 1962, aged sixty-six years, and was interred in the parish cemetery at Crich.

Naval Record
James Frederick Else PIC 68017; born 28 July 1896 at Crich; a wire drawer.
Enlisted 14 August 1918; height 5ft 0in; light brown hair. brown eyes and fresh complexion
Victory II from 19 August 1918 to 15 January 1919
Rating OS
Very good character

Medal Index
Awarded the British War Medal

His brother John William Else is also on the roll of Honour.


1901: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Else Head 45 Steel wire drawer Crich
Eliza Else wife 43   Crich
Sam Else son 18 Coal miner Crich
Eliza Else daughter 17 Cotton winder Crich
Jno W Else son 15 Woollen weaver Crich
Sarah R Else daughter 10   Crich
James F Else son 4   Crich

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Else Head 56 Iron & steel wiredrawer Crich
Eliza Else wife 53 Farmers son on farm Crich
Eliza Else daughter 27 Wool cotton & silk winder Crich
John William Else son 25 Hosiery frame winder Crich
James Frederick Else son 14 Loop twister Crich

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1939 Register: The Dimple, Crich
James F Else b.28 July 1895; bench wire drawer, heavy work
Dennis Else b.9 May 1913; joiner heavy work

[James Frederick Else birth was registered in 1896 December qtr (Belper reg district. His naval record gives DoB as 28 July 1896]