Frederick was born in 1866 in West Alvington, Devon, England to William Henry Murch and Jane Jarvis. The seventh of ten children, the 1881 census finds him working as a messenger boy in a shoe shop in Willesden. His father was a carpenter, his mother a dressmaker; older brother Charles was a stonemason.
Every family member was born in Devon, where father William Henry had a farm of 140 acres and had 4 employees - so why did they move to London?
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