Frederick John HEAD


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2. Gladys Kate MELVILLE

Frederick John HEAD

  • Born: 1861, Regents Park, Pancras, London, England
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth
  • Marriage (2): Gladys Kate MELVILLE on 25 Aug 1887 in Brixton, Surrey, England
  • Died: 11 Oct 1899 aged 38
  • Buried: Parkstone Cemetery, Parkstone, Dorset, England

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Frederick John Head was an Inspector in the Metropolitan Police, and some of his duties took him to Buckingham Palace. He was born in his parents' house in the Regent Park area of London, 49 Harrington St. Mornington Crescent.
He had to give up his work in the Police owing to his having contracted tuberculosis, and the family moved to 95 Alexandra Road, Parkestone. At that time, the only treatment for tuberculosis was to live in fresh air, so for much of the time he slept under canvas in the garden.

While in London, he married Kate Melville. They had seven children:

(1) Elizabeth Annie (Betty) was Frederick John Head's eldest daughter,and she never married. She died on the 2nd. of August 1945, and is buried in the family grave in Parkestone Cemetery.

(2) Mabel was Frederick John Head's second daughter. She married (a) Thompson by whom she had one daughter, Doreen. After his death she married (b) Goss.
Doreen married Bill Mortimer in South Africa, and they had four daughters, Diana, Gail, Leone and Clare.
Gail married Gavin Durr, an Estate Agent from Cape Town, and they had three children, Beau (1978), Kim, and Candice (1983).

(3) Gladys Katie, born 13 October 1891. In the First World War she became a Queen Alexandra Nurse working at the Military Hospital in Alexandria. There she met and married the Chaplain, the Rev. Francis Featherstonehaugh Johnston on 2nd. June 1919, and spent the rest of her life with him in Egypt. In 1952 he was made Bishop. They had two children, Marion Islay and Francis Noel.

(4) Peggy married Edward Thomson, and they had one son, Hugh, born to them late in life. Hugh married Mary, and they had three children, Andrew, another son and a daughter. Hugh died suddenly from a heart attack, and Mary married again.

(5) Daisy's husband Eddie Eustace was gassed in the first world war, and suffered from ill-health. They lived in a cottage in Sandbanks, Bournemouth. After his death, Daisy got Parkinson's Disease, and had to go into a Nursing Home in Parkestone, where she died in 1970.

(6) Frederick Head. Frederick married Raymond's sister-in-law. He soon divorced, and never married again.

(7) Joseph Curtis Raymond Head. Raymond married (1) Fred's sister-in-law, and soon divorced; (2) Audrey, by whom he had a daughter Georgie and a son Nicholas. He became a Director of John Mowlem Construction Company, and travelled the world building major projects, such as Airports, Dams and Docks. He was responsible for the repair of the House of Commons after bomb damage in the war. He also over-saw the demolishing of London Bridge, and its reconstruction in the US; (3) Ilsa Julie, and they built a retreat in Antigua to which they retired. They continued to travel extensively. He died at the age of 89 in 1988. Ilsa died in 1996, and they are both buried in Eashing Cemetery, Godalming.

Frederick John Head died in 1899, the same year as his father John Head. He is buried in Parkestone Cemetery with his wife, Kate, and eldest daughter, Betty.

Extract from England Marriages
Groom: Frederick John Head
Bride: Kate Melville
Marriage: 25 August 1887 at Brixton, Surrey, England


Frederick married Elizabeth.


Frederick next married Gladys Kate MELVILLE, daughter of Thomas MELVILLE Master Mariner and Mary, on 25 Aug 1887 in Brixton, Surrey, England. (Gladys Kate MELVILLE was born in 1864 in Pimlico, London, England, died on 18 Dec 1939 in Parkstone, Dorset, England and was buried in Parkstone Cemetery, Parkstone, Dorset, England.)

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