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Frederick Victor Elliott (1894 - 1927)
Born:
January 1894 in Limehouse
Father:
William G Elliott
Mother:
Catherine W Beetham
Married:
Elizabeth Hollis in 1915
Siblings:
Catherine Wilhelmina b. 1876
William George b. 1877
Amy Maud Mary b. 1880
Georgina Louisa b. 1882
Charles Henry b. 1884
Robina Oslar b. 1886
Jane Bruce b. 1888
Arthur James b. 1891
Offspring:
Elizabeth F b. 1916
Frederick V b. 1917
Joseph W b. 1919
Died:
June 1927
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Frederick Victor Elliott>>

Frederick Victor, the youngest son of William George Elliott, a ships caulker from Limehouse, London, and Catherine Wilhelmina Beetham from Mile End Old Town, London, was born in Limehouse, London in January 1894 and was baptised at the local church, St Peter Mission in Garford Street, Limehouse on 25 January 1894 [1]. The Elliott family were at this time living at 20 Hanbury Place, Poplar which was located at the junction between Poplar High Street and King Street, adjacent to Pennyfields. King Street was part of Chinatown, and has now been renamed Ming Street to reflect the presence of the local Chinese population. The three-storey tenement building in which the Elliott family lived in Hanbury Place, described as 'artisan's dwellings', have long since been demolished,but can be seen here, looking from the direction of Poplar High Street (Photo of Hanbury Buildings). The 1901 census [2] returns show that there were ten members of the family living in three rooms. According to his elder brother, Arthur James, the family was not that well-off, and the children often went around barefoot. In 1905 the family moved from Hanbury Buildings to a house in Augusta Street, Poplar a distance of half a mile. Although they shared the house with another family, this represented a definite step-up the housing ladder compared to Hanbury Buildings. Frederick Victor's immediate family is shown below.

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Frederick Victor Elliott (1894 - 1927)

Frederick Victor Elliott's Immediate Family


The 1911 census [3] shows Frederick Victor living with his parents, William and Catherine, and sisters Catherine, Amy, Georgina and Jenny at 43 AuguSta Street, Poplar. Both Frederick and his sister Jenny worked at the Venesta Wood Company, makers of plywood packing cases at Burrel's Wharf, Westferry Road, Millwall.

Frederick Victor was married during the early part of World War One. On 6 June 1915 Frederick Victor, aged twenty-one, married Elizabeth Florence Hollis at St. Saviour's Church, Poplar. His occupation is listed as a sawyer (i.e. a timber cutter), which could have been at Millwall or more locally at the saw-mill on the corner of Suffolk Street and Upper North Street. His mother, Catherine Wilhelmina signed the register as one of the witnesses, the other being his sister Georgina Louisa's husband, Stephen Charles Smith. It is not known if he joined-up during the war, or if he was in a reserved occupation. I should imagine that at some stage he must have joined the forces, but at present this is unknown.

By 1919 Frederick Victor and his family, comprising three children, had moved to 96 Sussex Street, Poplar a distance of about 100m from Augusta Street. Some eight years later, Frederick Victor was involved in a tragic accident at work in which he was killed whilst working on a building site for the House of Industry Building in Westminster [4] . He was employed by J Mowlem and Sons as a 'piling hand' on the construction of the foundations to support the building. A steam hammer was used to drive upward of 200 steel piles the ground over the area of the building site. His job as a piling hand would have been to dismantle and move the piling rig when they had completed a pile ready to drive the next pile. Part way through the dismantling the rig, part of the steam hammer toppled over and crushed Frederick, and he died in Westminster Hospital about an hour later.

The Coroner's office in Westminster was destroyed by fire during the second world war, and the report on the inquest did not survive. The only recordings of the accident are those contained in contemporary newspaper articles. The East London Advertiser has a very brief article that contains notification of the accident, but few details. However, the Westminster and Pimlico News editions of 17 June 1927 [5] and 24 June 1927 [6] contain more detailed accounts of the events leading up to his death obtained from witnesses appearing during the Coroner's inquest.

The Coroner's conclusion was that the vibration from an adjacent piling rig had caused the steel hammer to topple over, and that no blame was attached to anyone, i.e. it was a pure accident. Safety on construction sites has significantly improved since the 1920s, and today the act of leaving a steam hammer in a position where it could topple over would be seen as negligent.

References:

[1] Baptism Register for St Peter's Limehouse, 1894
[2] National Archives, 1901 Census for England and Wales, Ref. RG13/355 f42v
[3] National Archives, 1911 Census for England and Wales
[4] GRO Death Certificate Frederick Victor Elliott, 1927
[5] Pimlico News, 17 June 1927
[6] Pimlico News, 24 June 1927