5th May 1877 – According to his army papers, Frederick George McGovren is born on this day in the district of Poplar, London.
Census 1881 – 5 Sheedings Garden, London
John MC GOVREN Head M Male 34 St Lukes, Middlesex, England Watchman E W India Dk
Rebaca MC GOVREN Wife M Female 32 Northampton, England
Ellen A. MC GOVREN Dau Female 6 Haxton, Middlesex, England Scholar
Frederick S. MC GOVREN Son Male 1 Bromley, Middlesex, England
Infant MC GOVREN Son Male 11 d Poplar, Middlesex, England
From this it is plain that Frederick was born in around 1879, this is confirmed by the BMD index which shows his birth registered in
the June quarter of 1879, so he lied about his age on enlistment.
15th July 1895 – McGovren enlists for the Corp of Hussars of the Line in London by a Sergeant Pensioner. He is described as 18
years and 2 months old, a pattern maker by trade, 5ft 6¼in tall, 123lbs in weight, 34 to36 inch chest measurement, brown eyes,
dark brown hair and a scar on his right knee. His next of kin was his father, John, at 5 Perrys Close, Poplar, London.
17th July 1895 – Having been found fit for service, enlistment for McGovren is confirmed and he is posted to the 15th Hussars as
#3439 of that corps.
20th July 1895 – McGovren joins the 15th Hussars at Dublin.
17th July 1897 – Granted 1d Good conduct pay.
30th Sep 1897 – Awarded a 3rd class education certificate.
26th Nov 1897 – Awarded a 2nd class education certificate.
2nd Aug 1898 – Appointed as a Lance Corporal.
28th Apr 1899 – Promoted to Corporal.
21st Sep 1899 – Appointed paid Lance Sergeant, the 15th Hussars having been posted to India.
13th Oct 1899 – McGovren arrives in India on board the ship ‘Simla’.
27th Jan 1900 – Promoted to Sergeant.
12th Nov 1902 – Extended service to complete 12 years service with the colours (Para 1744(iii), Kings Reg.)
6th Jul 1903 – McGovren transfers to the Punjab, Bengal Unattached list for employment as a 1st class instructor in the Assam
Valley Light Horse, authy. DAG Naini Tal No.773, 30th Oct 1903.
1st June 1904 – Passes a course in Musketry (Distinguished) at Pachmari (IAO #520 dated 24th July 1904)
1st Aug 1904 – McGovren passes an Armourers course for Sergeant Instructors.
13th June 1905 – Reprimanded by CO of AVLH for making a misstatement in regimental diary.
29th Dec 1905 – Re-engaged for the corps of Hussars at Muttra for such time as to complete 21 years service.
30th Mar 1906 – Posted home on leave.
11th Oct 1906 – Returns to India after 187 days leave.
2nd Dec 1908- McGovren, living at Berhampore, Bengal is married to Emelia Margaret Vanquelin. The ceremony is ministered by
Canon K.F. Cole of St. Johns Church, Calcutta.
16th Mar 1909 – Appointed as a acting Sergeant Major.
17th Jun 1909 – With the 15th Hussars leaving India, McGovren is transferred to the 14th Hussars as #4491, authy. AAG 7th
13th Apr 1914 – Awarded a Long Service & Good Conduct medal (IAO #200, 1914). By this time he is serving with the Southern
Provinces Mounted Rifles as an Acting Sergeant Major. The medal has been partially re-named to read (wrongly) ‘McGovern’.
2nd Sep 1916 – McGovren is present at Madras.
2nd Apr 1918 – Discharged on appointment to a Commission in the Southern Provinces Mounted Rifles, Indian Defence Corps. His
number at this time was H47823.
1918 – 22. Appears on the Indian Army List with the Southern Provinces Mounted Rifles as a Lieutenant and Quartermaster. Early
in 1922 he is shown as a Temp. Captain and also as the Adjutant. McGovren is awarded a single British War medal for services in
the 1914-18 war.
July 1922 – Disappears from Army List, no doubt discharged to pension.
26th June 1926 – Frederick George McGovren, army pensioner, dies at Bangalore of cirrhosis of the liver. He is buried the following
day by Chaplain F.F. Bull at Bangalore Holy Trinity. He is shown on the death certificate as being 47 years old, which is slightly at
odds with his recorded date of birth.
Service papers – WO 364
Medal index card
Death Certificate, N/2/139, Madras, 1926, p190
|Frederick George McGovren – Hussars & Indian Unattached List