Frank Ames

Date of birth:                     1889
Place of birth:                    Selbourne, Hampshire
Service No.:                        M2/135702
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Army Service Corps
Died:                                      18th October 1918 aged 29 years
Death Location:                4th London General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial), Denmark Hill, London

Life before the War
Frank was born 1889 in Selbourne, Hampshire, the eldest child of parents Sidney and Elizabeth, nee Richards, who married 1889 in Southampton.  Sidney was born 1858 in Child Okeford, Dorset.  Elizabeth was born 1861 in Millbrook, Southampton and died 1909 in Portsmouth, Hampshire.   Sidney and Elizabeth had 6 children in total, Frank’s siblings were:

Henry Oliver b. 1892
Ethel Jannette b. 1893 Droxford
Robert Edwin b. 1899 Kingsclere
Sidney James b. 1901 Southampton
Evelyn Maude b. 1905 Shirley

In 1891 Frank and his parents were living at the Police Station in Alverstoke, Hampshire.  Sidney was a Sergeant of Police.

Frank, with his parents and siblings, was living at Warren Avenue, Shirley, Southampton in 1901.  Sidney is now a Night Watchman.

By 1911 Frank’s mother Elizabeth has died.  The family was living at 55 Warren Avenue, Shirley, Southampton.  His father is employed as a Dock Labourer and Frank a Domestic Gardener.  Henry Oliver was a Domestic Gardener living at Barton Stacey, Hampshire.

Brother Robert’s War Service – National Roll of the Great War
“Ames, R.E., Private, Royal Fusiliers.
He joined early in 1917 and during his service on the Western Front, which lasted for two years, took part in several engagements, including the third Battle of Ypres and was severely wounded in action at St. Quentin.  He was demobilized on his return to England in 1919 and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.
55, Warren Avenue, Coxford, Southampton”

War service
Frank enlisted and was attested on 30th October 1915, joining the Army Service Corps as a Private, Regimental Number M2/135702.  He was 26 years old and on his Army documents confirmed his address as 55 Warren Avenue, Shirley, Southampton.  His occupation was Motor Driver.  He gave his father (same address) as next of kin.

He was wounded on 18th September 1918 and sent back to England from France before dying from his wounds on 18th October 1918 at the 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, London.

Cause of death was given as a fractured lower end of femur and fractured frontal bone (head).  The wound was excised with the damaged muscle removed.  Capsule sutured.  Left orbit and cavity severely smashed.  Left eye enucleated.
Frank had an operation on 8th October 1918 as he complained of his leg feeling wet.  Blood was coming from the wound at the back of right lower thigh.  He was taken to theatre and had the popliteal artery exposed in wound – it was found that the articular artery had separated from main trunk artery and vein.
A further operation took place on 10th October, with the amputation of his right leg at the thigh.
On the 11th October Frank seemed to be recovering and seemed better.
By the 13th October Frank was gradually sinking and his condition worsened before he died on 18th October at 5 a.m.

He said he wanted his personal property and any medals to be sent to Miss Millicent Jurd of Laundry Road, Shirley Warren, Southampton.

Frank is Remembered with Honour at Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery.

The cemetery has a First World War plot near the main entrance containing most of the 113 graves from this period.  Behind this plot is the Hollybrook Memorial which commemorates by name almost 1,900 servicemen and women of the Commonwealth land and air forces whose graves are not known, many of whom were lost in transports or other vessels torpedoed or mined in home waters.  It also bears the names of those who were lost or buried at sea, or who died at home but whose bodies could not be recovered for burial.

Information on the Royal Army Service Corps
The role of the RASC in the field falls into two main parts, supply and transport.
* Supply – Supply embraces the provision of food, petrol and lubricants, fuel and light, hospital supplies and disinfectants.
* Transport – Transport is concerned with the conveyance of the above supplies, together with ammunition, engineer stores, ordnance stores and post, from railhead, or from base if no railhead exists, to all units of a field force.

National Roll of the Great War
“Ames, F., Private, R.A.S.C. (M.T.)
Volunteering in January 1915 he was drafted to Egypt, where he took part in several engagements, remaining on that Front until 1917. He was then sent to the Western Front and in October 1918, during the advance of that year, was seriously wounded and died in consequence on the 18th of the month. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
55 Warren Avenue, Coxford, Southampton”.

National probate calendar
“Ames Frank of 55 Warren Avenue, Shirley Warren, Southampton, driver motor transport Army Service Corps died 18 October 1918 at the 4th London General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial), Denmark Hill, London.  Administration (with Will) Winchester 29 January 1919 to Millicent Jurd spinster.  Effects £202 19 shillings 2 pence”.

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