Corporal 6217 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
The censuses record that in 1891 Frederick lived with his mother and siblings in Ash Vale, and that in 1901 he was a soldier living in Ramillies Barracks in North Camp, Aldershot.
Frederick completed his term of service in the Army on 3 December 1904 and transferred to the reserve. He was 5 feet 5½ inches tall with grey eyes and brown hair. His boot size was 6.4 and his helmet size was 21. He had previously worked for the Post Office.
In 1911 Frederick was a postman, and he and his brother William were living with their mother (Mrs Duffield) and step father in 1 Pollards Cottages in the Vale Road. Frederick married Emily Alicia Toomer in St Peter’s Ash in October 1911, and they had two sons Frederick and Alfred.
He signed up for a further four years on the reserve of the Royal Worcestershire Regiment from 14 January 1913. He was mobilised 5 August 1914 and went to France 8 April 1915, and earned the 1914/15 Star. Frederick Mayhead was included in the memorial leaflet for the memorial service at St Peter’s Church in 1915.
Frederick’s effects were returned to his wife Emily via Mrs Toomer of the Bricklayer’s Arms in Ash Street, and included his pipe, photos, Gospel of St John and Hymn Book. Mrs Mayhead was given a pension of 15/6 for herself and one child from 6 December 1915. In 1921 she was sent his medals and had by then remarried and become Mrs Faulkner.
The Surrey and Hants News 22 March 1917 reported that Frederick’s brother, Sgt William Mayhead, who was about 22 years old, had been awarded a medal for his courage and skill during a raid on enemy lines on 24 February 1917. The award of his Military Medal (MM) was announced in the London Gazette Supplement 4 April 1917. On 30 August the same year the paper reported that Sgt William Mayhead, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, had been seriously wounded.
In this picture of the brothers, Frederick is seated and William is standing.