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Name: Frederick Hire

Burial Number: 0652

Gender: Male

Occupation: Rank Staff Captain, Royal Navy; Captain, R.N.;

Distinction: 33yr Naval Career

Born: 10/2/1846

Died: 27/11/1911

Buried: 30/11/1911


Frederick Hire was born on 10th February 1846 in Newtown, Isle of Wight. His parents were George Augustus Hire, RN. 34yrs, born in Scotland, and Anna (Hannah) nee Case, 27yrs, born in Norfolk. He had 3 siblings, Edward b.1843, Augusta b.1850, and Harriett b.1854. In 1861, aged 15yrs, Frederick enrolled as Rank Staff Captain, Royal Navy, it was the beginning of a 33-year career as a commissioned officer with the Royal Navy which saw him retire with the rank of Captain in 1899.

In 1882, aged 36yrs, Frederick married Gertrude Eleanor Bernays, at St. John’s Church, Chatham, Kent, she was born in Lewisham, 1857. They had no children, and after Frederick retired, they moved to Worthing, living at ‘Idlehurst’, Winchester Road, where Gertrude died, aged 45yrs, in1903.

Frederick’s second marriage, to Ohilde Lisa Majendie, 40yrs, took place in 1905, Steyning, Sussex, but he was again widowed when she died just 2 years later. Frederick’s third marriage was in 1909, to Jane Cicely Winifred Ball, 51yrs, spinster, at St. Peter’s, Stratton, Gloucestershire, he was 63yrs.

They continued to live in Winchester Road, where Frederick died, aged 65yrs, on 27th November 1911. Probate was granted to his widow and his sister, Harriett Hire, spinster. Effects, £3220 5s 7d. Value 2021 – £389K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SB Row: 2 Plot: 9

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In loving memory of Gertrude Eleanor wife of Capt. F. Hire R.N. who departed this life 24th July 1903 aged 45 years "Til death us join" and of his wife Ottilde Lisa 10th Jan. 1907. In loving memory of Frederick Hire Captain Royal Navy died 27th November 1911 aged 65 years R.I.P. Also of Cicely Hire 12th March 1940 "Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in Glory Everlasting"

Further Information


Name: Frederick Hire

Gender: Male

Born: 10/2/1846

Town: Unknown

County: Isle of Wight

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1882

Spouse First Name: Gertrude

Spouse Second Name: Eleanor

Spouse Last Name: Bernays

Town of Marriage: Chatham

County of Marriage: Kent

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: //1905

Spouse First Name: Ohilde

Spouse Second Name: Lisa

Spouse Last Name: Majendie

Town of Marriage: Steyning

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: //1909

Spouse First Name: Jane

Spouse Second Name: Cicely

Spouse Last Name: Ball

Town of Marriage: Stratton

County of Marriage: Gloucestershire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 27/11/1911

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Idlehurst

Address line 3: Winchester Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


NAVY. Capt. Frederick Hire, retired, died on the 27th ult. Idlehurst, Worthing, aged 65. Capt. Hire became Navigating Sub-Lieutenant March 11, 1866, and was promoted to Navigating Lieutenant April 24, 1872, serving in that rank in the Euryalus during the Egyptian War, 1882 (medal and bronze star). Two years later, during the naval and military operations in the Eastern Soudan, he acted as Harbourmaster at Suakin, and for his services was promoted to Staff Commander, with seniority May 20, 1884 (clasp). He became Staff Captain March 25, 1898 and retired with the rank of Captain Sept. of the following year. Capt. Hire last served as Harbourmaster of the Hamoaze.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £3220 5 s 7 d

Current value of effects: £389000

Census Information


Living at 68, Middle Street, Deal, Kent. Anna Hire, 32yrs, Wife of Officer, RN, 3 children, Edward, 7yrs, Frederick, 5yrs, and Augusta, 3months, plus 2 domestic servants.


HMS Philomel, Dockyard, Ireland, Bermuda.                                                                                                        Frederick Hire, 25yrs, Navigating Sub-Lieutenant.


HMS Tyne.                                                                                                                                                              Frederick Hire, 36yrs, Navigating Lieutenant.


Living at ‘Idlehurst’, Winchester Road, Worthing, Sussex. Frederick Hire, 55yrs, Capt. RN. Retired, wife, Gertrude E., 43yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at ‘Idlehurst’, Winchester Road, Worthing, Sussex. Frederick Hire, 65yrs, Capt. RN. Retired, plus 2 domestic servants and a Nurse.

Miscellaneous Information

Army and Navy Gazette – 16th September 1899.

Staff-Captain Frederick Hire, of Dcvonport Dockyard, was medically surveyed at the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, and found unfit for further active service. He is fifty-four years of age and served thirty-three years commissioned officer.