Frank Clothier

Date of birth:  20th September 1889
Place of birth:  Portswood, Southampton
Service No.:  7975
Rank:  Corporal
Regiment / Division:  2nd Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:  1st Battalion
Died: 3rd April 1918 aged 29 years
Death location:  Wimereux France

Three of the sons of William and Edith Sarah Clothier fought in the first world war; Ernest Arthur, Arthur William and Frank. Only Arthur came back.

Military Service
No service record has survived regarding Frank Clothier.
Frank enlisted for service on 25th April 1915. He was promoted to Corporal in the 2nd Hampshire Regiment (service number: 7975). The first battalion Hampshire Regiment was formed in August 1914 in Colchester as part of 11th Brigade in 4th Division. They landed at Le Havre on 23 August 1914.
Frank died from his wounds on 3rd April 1918 aged 29, and is buried in Wimereux. Wimereux was the headquarters of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxilliary Corps during the First World War and in 1919 it became the General Headquarters of the British Army.

From October 1914 onwards, Boulogne and Wimereux formed an important hospital centre and until June 1918, the medical units at Wimereux used the communal cemetery for burials, the south-eastern half having been set aside for Commonwealth graves, although a few burial were also made among the civilian graves. By June 1918, this half of the cemetery was filled.

He was posthumously awarded the Victory medal, the British medal and 1915 Star medal in recognition of his services to his country and is inscribed on the cenotaph at Southampton “lest we forget”.

The bronze Star campaign medal of the British Empire was awarded those who saw service in a prescribed Theatre of War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. Also known as the Mons Star this medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Pip’.

The silver British War Medal was awarded for service in World War One. Also called the British Empire campaign medal, it was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Squeak’.

The bronze Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal was awarded to those who received the British War Medal. This medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Wilfred’.

Life before the war
Frank Clothier was born on 20th September 1889 to William Clothier, born in 1848 a general labourer and Edith Sarah (occasionally Sarah Edith) nee Shergold born in 1858 who had married in the Autumn of 1879. Their marriage was registered in Southampton GRO reference vol2c page32.
They had a total of ten children but by 1911 two had died in infancy.
The following children of William and Edith Clothier are confirmed from parish records:
1. Esther Mary was born in 1881. In 1900 she married Percival Richard Blake.
2. Edith Jane was born 1883. In 1908 she married Ernest Webb.
3. Ernest Arthur was born in 1885. In 1914 he enlisted as a private in the 2nd Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment (service number 8095) and was killed in action on 7th August 1916. He is buried at Bagdad Northgate cemetery.
4. Arthur William was born in 1887. He enlisted as a gunner on 21st December 1914 (serial number 41602) in the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery. His military record survives in full. He was wounded out in 1919 and died in 1960 aged 73.
5. Frank was born on 20th September 1889
6. Lillian May was born in 1892. In 1913 she married Henry G A Young. They had 6 children. After Henrys death in 1946, Lillian May married Stephen E Martin in 1948. after Stephens death in 1957 she married Alfred A Hurst in 1961. no death date was found for Lillian.
7. Lucy was born in 1895. In 1917 she married John Harry Whale (1894-1961). They had 4 children. Lucy died in 1998.
8. John was born on 22nd January 1897. In 1924 he married Gertrude Kavanagh. They had 2 children John died in 1960.

In 1881 Sarah Edith and her 5 month old daughter Esther were enumerated in Nursling. Her husband William was not at home on 3rd April.
In 1891 the couple and 5 children were living in Old Portswood. William was employed as a general labourer.
In 1895 the family lived at 6 Marine Terrace, Southampton.
In 1901 the family lived at 38 Northcote Road, Portswood. William was still employed as a general labourer.
In 1911 Frank Clothier was enumerated with his regiment the 2nd Hampshire in South Africa. He is detailed as a cook.
In 1911 his parents and younger siblings were still living in 38 Northcote Road, Old Portswood. His father was still employed as a farm labourer.

His mother Edith Sarah died in 1941 aged 83.
His father William Clothier died in 1914 aged 64.

Researched by DHW – 1/6/2013
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