King, Frederick Cross

King, Frederick Cross

Second Lieutenant

17th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles attached

25th Company Machine Gun Corps

Killed in action on Monday 23 October 1916 (aged 33)


Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (Grave VI. J. 10)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Lisburn War Memorial

Lisburn’s Dead 1914 – 1919 (Friends’ School WW1 Research Project)

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque


Frederick Cross King was born on 20 July 1883 at Ballymacarrett House, Belfast and he was a son of Alexander and Emma King (nee Green) who were married on 4 February 1864 in Aghalee Parish Church of Ireland Church.

For a time, the King family lived at Ardvara, Cultra.

Alexander King was a ship owner and he and Emma had at least nine children:

Mary Ann (born 6 November 1864 at Bridge End, Ballymacarrett)

Frances (born 9 September 1866 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

William Alfred (born 13 May 1868 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

Anna (born 25 April 1870 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

Alexander Green (born 10 September 1872 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

Thomas James (born 16 April 1874 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

Francis (born 1 February 1876 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

Frederick Cross (born 20 July 1883 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

George Grant (born 13 April 1886 in Ballymacarrett House, Belfast)

Two of the children were baptised in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church – Frederick Cross King and George Grant King.  One of the sponsors at Frederick’s baptism was George Ross, three of whose sons were killed on active service during the Great War – Kenneth Ross, Melbourne Ross and Wason Ross.

Later the King family lived in Lisburn.

Frederick Cross King served with the 17th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles attached to the 25th Company Machine Gun Corps and he and Anne J Wilson were married in the third quarter of 1916 in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Just a few weeks later, on 23 October 1916, Second Lieutenant King was killed in action and, at that time, his wife Anne was living at 9 Ladbrooke Square, London.  She worked in Matron’s Office, St Thomas’s Hospital, London.

Second Lieutenant Frederick Cross King was buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and he is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial and in Lisburn’s Dead 1914 – 1919 (Friends’ School Lisburn WW1 Research Project)