Date of birth: 1885
Place of birth: Freemantle, Southampton
Service No.: 15276
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Died: 6 August 1915 aged 30 years
Death Location: Gallipoli
Life before the War
Frank was born 1885 in Freemantle, Southampton to parents George and Mary, nee Bone, who were married in 1865 in Southampton. His father was born 1843 and his mother 1844, both in Southampton. He had 4 sisters – Alice Jane b. 1875, Evelyn b. 1878 – d. 1927, Ethel Louise b. 1881 and Rosa Beatrice b. 1888.
From the 1891 census to 1911 the family were living at 7 Trafalgar Road, Freemantle, Southampton.
Frank’s father was employed as a House Painter/Decorator, his mother Mary and sister Evelyn were employed as Laundresses during 1901 and 1911 whilst Frank was employed as a Labourer/Plasterer/Bricklayer. Apart from Evelyn, his other sisters have left home.
Frank joined the Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a private. His Service Number was 15276. He was killed in action on 6 August 1915 at Gallipoli, part of the Balkan Theatre.
He is Remembered with Honour on the Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli). The Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.
National Roll of the Great War
Biddlecombe F Private 2nd Hampshire Regiment.
He volunteered in January 1915 and was shortly afterward drafted to the Dardanelles. He was engaged in the heavy fighting at the landing on the Peninsula and also took part in subsequent battles until killed in action late in 1915. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
7 Trafalgar Road, Freemantle, Southampton.