Frederick Langmaid was born on the 1st September 1916 according to the 1939 National Register which was taken on the 29th September 1939, the War being declared on the 3rd September 1939. There is a Birth certificate at the Flintshire Registrars Office in Mold that may be his (Flintshire (Mold) HAW/21A/31). On the “Births Registered in July, August, September 1916” (Page 212) there is an entry that gives his mother’s Maiden name as Parry (Hawarden Vol. 11b Page 391). This would have to be purchased to confirm/deny.
There is a family listed on the 1911 census that may very well be his, although, it was before Fred was born, but it does mean that Fred could have had a sister Minnie, who was born in 1910 in Queensferry. They were living at 4, William’s Terrace, Pentre, Hawarden, Flintshire and head of the household was George Langmaid, 26, a Blacksmith’s Striker at Hawarden Bridge Steelworks, he had been born in Cornwall, his wife Annie, 21, had been born in Connah’s Quay. On this census they tell us that they had been married 1 year and that 1 child had been born to them, and was still living.
This information is the most I have on Fred’s family, I have no definitive information on Fred’s life before his marriage but suspect that Fred had lost both his parents , his mother Annie in 1922 age 31 and his father George in 1923, age 39. Their deaths have been confirmed by the different Registrar’s of Deaths in Mold and Chester. Therefore, Frederick (Fred) was only age 6 when his mother died, a year older when he lost his father.
Annie Langmaid had given birth to twins, Kathleen and Dorothy, in the December Quarter of 1922 and she died in the same Quarter, I believe in Chester. 6 months later George was to die in an Accident at Summer’s Steelworks.
A Minnie Langmaid, (Number 783 on the Register of Queensferry School), daughter of George, address, William’s Terrace, Pentre, started school on the 31st March 1913, her birthdate was given as the 1st January 1910.
St Ethelwold’s Church, Marriages
Page 36 No. 71 5th August 1939 Fred LANGMAID, 22, Bachelor, Steelworker, 10, Ryeland Street, Shotton, George LANGMAID, Blacksmith (Dec.) & Ethel Rosina WYNNE, 21, Spinster, 25, Ash Grove,, Robert WYNNE, Steelworker. (After Banns)
Witnesses:- John Alfred MOUSEDALE & Lilian Amelia WYNNE.
The 1939 National Register taken on the 29th September 1939 shows that Fred was also a Special Constable.
Household (2 People)
21 Salisbury Street , Hawarden R.D., Flintshire, Wales
Fred LANGMAID 1 Sept 1916 Married Steel Sheet Inspector 1 (Special Constable)
Ethel R (Rosina E) Langmaid (Hall)15 Aug 1917 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 100 2
Fred is entered in the Royal Artillery attestations 1883-1942 book, but the only thing entered is his death on the 31st October 1942 and of course, his Regimental Number, no date of enlistment.
Casualty Form (No. 975 – Page 25) states that Frederick Langmaid died as a result of an accident on the 31st October 1942 at Home (UK)
On the “Deaths Registered in October, November and December, 1942” (page 21) there is an entry for Fred’s death in Barton (Lancashire) Vol. 8c, Page 551, he was 25 years old.
I asked on the WW2 Talk Forum if there was any information on how he died, and they came back with this website about Frederick Langmaid, https://paradata.org.uk/people/frederick-langmaid
It appears he volunteered for the airborne forces and he died as a result of a parachuting accident two days into the course:-
“Roll Call GUNNER FREDERICK LANGMAID – 21 OCTOBER 1942.
Gunner Frederick Langmaid was the son of George and Annie Langmaid and husband of Ethel Rosina Langmaid, of Shotton. He served with 501 Battery 72 Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery, before volunteering for Airborne Forces in 1942.
He attended Parachute Training Course 35 which started at RAF Ringway on 29 October and died just two days into the course as a result of a parachuting accident.
Gunner Langmaid died on 31 October 1942. He is buried in the North part of St Deniol’s Churchyard, Hawarden, Flintshire –“
Many thanks to Clive from that Forum who specializes on Casualty Lists.
He must have been taken to Davyhulme Hospital as that is where he died according to the Parish Registers in Flintshire Record Office in Hawarden: –
Page 48 No 382 Fred LANGMAID Military Hospital, Davyhulme* 4th November 1942 age 25 years. A.E. EVANS, Vicar of Shotton.
*Davyhulme is in an area of Trafford, Manchester. See https://www.cmft.nhs.uk/media/595590/history%20of%20trafford.pdf
Fred and Rosina Ethel had been married just 3 years. If anyone has any information to add to his story, it would be very much appreciated as he mustn’t be forgotten.
Chester Chronicle 1st or 7th November 1942 Pte Frederick LANDMAID (sic).
The death occurred on Saturday of Pte. Frederick LANDMAID, whose home address is 21, Salisbury Street, Shotton. Pte. LANDMAID died in Manchester and leaves a wife and one child. The Funeral took place on Wednesday at Shotton Church, the Rev. W. L. SAPSFORD officiating. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and police acted as bearers. Before joining the Army he had been a special constable. The mourners were Mrs. LANDMAID(sic) (widow), Mr. John SMITH, Mrs. F. BENNETT, Mrs. MOUSEDALE, Mr. A. BENNETT, Miss J.K. SMITH, Mrs. ROBINS, Miss Kathleen PETERS, Mrs. WYNNE, Mr. R.EDWARDS, Mr. Ted WYNNE, Mrs. HOPWOOD, Mrs. VILLIERS, Miss COLLINS, Mr. PARRY, Mrs. TOCQUE, Mrs. ARDEN, Mrs. DODD, Mrs. A. MOUSEDALE, and Mr. ROBINS. Mr. T. EVANS had charge of the arrangements.
I believe that Ethel Rosina remarried in 1954 to Ronald Hall, in Manchester (Vol. 10e, Page 753. (See the 1939 National Register).
I was contacted by Dave Alderman (Squadron Leader David ALDERMAN R.A.F.) as Fred was his grandfather. He had seen Fred’s name on flintshirewarmemorials.com and I had been able to send him my notes and documents that I had found re his family. He came to the Remembrance Day Ceremony on the 11th November 2018 at the Connah’s Quay & Shotton Cenotaph. I had sent him his Great Grandfather’s (Robert Wynne) Attestation papers for WW1 and he had the medal that is shown in the papers. He was really pleased and it was so nice to see him as he had travelled all the way from Lincoln with his father, who went to see where Fred and Ethel Rosina had lived in Shotton.
Since our meeting in Shotton in November, Dave & I have corresponded and he recently sent me more details of the family, including a sheet of paper that was placed in Fred’s sister Minnie’s Funeral papers, she was to live to be nearly 100 years old, and her memories “From Queensferry to Cornwall” has added another dimension to the family and explains better than I what happened to the family.
Minnie also disclosed when her father George died and I was able to find the Coroner’s Inquisition and send it to Dave and his family. He died accidentally being crushed between a roller and a log wheel of an engine, he was 39 years old.