In 1918, Frederick Kempster travelled to Blackburn with a touring circus, but he contracted influenza and died in Queen's Park Hospital. He was only twenty-nine. Ten pallbearers hauled his coffin to the cemetery, and fourteen men were needed to lower his body into the ground. I’ve visited his grave many times.
So far as I know there has only been one study of him, An Introduction to Frederick the English Giant, by Colin Alexander-Jones, published in 1998. It’s a spiral bound affair, only twenty pages in length. Such a short book for such a large man. I indexed it last night in the small hours, when I was feeling a little fragile and couldn’t sleep.