Rev Frederick Gilbert Gardiner Jellicoe

Revd Frederick Gilbert Gardiner Jellicoe

Revd Frederick Gilbert Gardiner Jellicoe (born February 24, 1858 in Southampton) was the fourth Rector of Freemantle and the first Sotonian. He came from a well known local sea-faring family, his brother being John Jellicoe (later Earl Jellicoe) who was Admiral of the Fleet at the beginning of the Great War, and was in command at the Battle of Jutland.

Frederick Jellicoe played cricket for Oxford University and Hampshire County between 1877 and 1880, his bowling style being Left-arm slow-medium (roundarm). He graduated from New College, Oxford and was ordained at Winchester in 1892, and thereafter was curate at Alverstoke, Gosport until his appointment at Freemantle in 1902, aged 44.

In 1903, the year after his appointment in Freemantle, he married Alice Caroline Bushnell at Alverstoke and they settled into the Rectory, Alice becoming an important part of the parish, teaching young ladies' bible classes and working for charitable causes in the church.

During his time the chancel screen was added and a new lectern bought. Mr. Jellicoe's early years were marked by the increasing need for money for the schools.

The First World War (1914-1918) took a heavy toll of the Parish; the names of the men who gave their lives may be seen on the memorial on the north-west wall of the church.

Frederick Jellicoe left Freemantle in 1915, aged 57 and according to Crockford's Clerical Directory, he served at New Alresford between 1915-22. He died in Southwark, London on 29 July 1927 aged 69.