Frederick Arthur Toulmin was born in Salford on the
21st June 1906. His mother was May Longman and his father was William
J M Toulmin who was killed in action on the 8th June 1917 whilst serving
for the Manchester Regiment.
Frederick grew up in the Ordsall area of Salford, close to Salford Docks.
His father William was a dock worker before leaving to fight in World
War One and at the moment can only assume that Frederick also worked on
the docks until he joined the army.
Frederick joined the Lancashire Fusiliers on 8th December 1932 and served
until 17th February 1954. He married Mabel Phoenix in Salford in 1939
and went on to have two children, Patricia and Alan.
Frederick never really spoke about his part during World War Two but he
would talk constantly to his grandaughter Elaine during long games of
dominos, probably knowing that this little girl was not really listening
to what he was saying as he knew she was concentracing on the game too
much to win his jar of pennies! However, this must have been a release
for him to get things off his chest to just have somebody to talk to without
having to answer questions about what happened during that time.
After leaving the Lancashire Fusiliers, Frederick went on to be a prison
officer in Manchester. In 1967 he received an official commendation from
the Governer commending him on the capture of an escaping prisoner.
Frederick and his wife Mabel continued to live in the Ordsal/ Salford
area until his death in October 1992.
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Suez en-route to China
Sent in to the web site by Elaine
Lowe Fredericks Grandaughter