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 Frederick William “Fred” Dickens

Frederick William “Fred” Dickens

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Death 20 Oct 1868 (aged 48)
Burial Darlington, Darlington Unitary Authority, County Durham, England
Memorial ID 98492758 · View Source
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Frederick was the son of John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow. He was Charles Dickens' younger brother.

In 1845 the 25 year-old Fred Dickens fell in love with 15 year-old Anna Weller, a match that Charles disapproved of as he did not trust the girl. This caused a rift between the two brothers. Fred married Anna on 30 December 1848 despite Charles's misgivings, but in 1858 the couple applied for a judicial separation on the grounds of adultery. Anna was granted alimony, which Fred Dickens refused to pay, leaving the country. On his return in 1862 he was arrested and imprisoned for debt.

Fred spent the last years of his life as an alcoholic. After the separation from his wife he moved to Darlington in the North-East of England, where he lived in the home of a retired innkeeper whom he had known in London.

Frederick Dickens died at age 48 of asphyxia caused by a burst abscess on his lung. He is buried in Darlington, within the grounds of the town's West Cemetery.


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  • Originally Created by: Debra Polly
  • Added: 8 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98492758
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick William “Fred” Dickens (4 Jul 1820–20 Oct 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98492758, citing Darlington West Cemetery, Darlington, Darlington Unitary Authority, County Durham, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .