Albert Frederick Washer (known as Fred), was born at Lewes on
He appears on the 1901 census as a four year old living with his family in three rooms at Burnt House, North Common, Chailey. The household comprised Alfred Washer (head, aged 33 and working as a general agricultural labourer), Eliza Washer (his wife, aged 31), and their four children: Alfred Washer (aged ten), Edith Mary Washer (aged eight), Arthur Thomas Washer (aged seven) and Albert Frederick (aged four).
He enlisted in the Royal Navy at
on Portsmouth 13th December 1915
for the duration of hostilities. His place of birth is recorded on his
surviving Naval papers as Lewes and his occupation as farm labourer. He was five feet, six and a quarter inches
tall, had fair hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. It was noted that he had a scar on the joint
of his left thumb. He joined HMS Victory
II on the 13th December and was given the number K29857 and the rating of
stoker 2nd class.
Chailey Parish Magazine noted in January 1916 that he had attested and then, the following month, that he was a stoker, reporting him as Washer, Stoker F, RN. He served throughout the war aboard HMS Active, joining the ship on
3rd April 1916
and only leaving it when demobilised on 11th February 1919.
He was promoted to stoker 1st class on 18th April 1916 and during his time with the
Royal Navy was mostly rated as very good, in terms of character and
satisfactory in terms of ability.
Fred Washer married Daisy Hills (1896-1984) and the couple settled in
His older brother Arthur also served during the First World War and the two men were cousins of George Trayton Washer.
Fred Washer died in 1975. Danehill, Sussex