Date of birth: 22nd December 1898
Place of birth: Ombersley, Worcestershire
Service No.: 29157
Regiment / Division: Prince Albert’s, Somerset Light Infantry, “C” Coy
Battalion: 6th Battalion
Died: 12th March 1918 aged 19 years
Death Location: Somme, France
Life before the War
Frank was born on 22nd December 1898, in Droitwich, Worcestershire to parents Joseph and Maria Matilda, nee Wright, who married on 29th June 1891 at Alderbury, Wiltshire. Joseph was born 1868 in Leigh,Worcestershire, Maria Matilda was born 1864 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Frank had 11 siblings:
Ruth Hope b. 14th April 1892 Dalston, Middlesex; d. 1981 Winchester. Never married.
Albert b. 23rd May 1893 Lambeth, London.
Matilda b. 6th June 1895 St Martin’s, Worcestershire.
Joseph Wright b. 7th November 1895 St Stephen’s Worcestershire; d. 7th October 1930.
James Philip b. 14th October 1896 St Stephen’s, Worcestershire; d. 1985.
William John b. 14th December 1897; d. 1901
Edith Annie b. 31st January 1900 Droitwich; d. 1902 Southampton
Kate aka Ethel Kate b. 14th April 1901 Southampton
Charles Frederick b. 15th September 1903 Southampton
Grace Marion b. 15th November 1904 Southampton
Doris Evelyn b. 10th January 1907 Southampton; d. 1990
In 1891 Joseph was living in St Martin’s, Worcestershire, where he was employed as a Groom. Soon after the census was taken he moved to Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he married Maria Matilda Wright in 1891. They then moved onto Southampton sometime before the 1901 census was taken.
In the 1901 census Frank was living with his parents and some of his siblings. Joseph had his own Greengrocers Shop in Broadlands Road, St Mary’s, Southampton.
By the 1911 census Frank, with his parents and his siblings, was living at High Road, Swaythling, Southampton. Frank’s parents confirmed they had 12 children in total, 2 of whom had died prior to 1911. Joseph worked as a Hire Carter, Ruth was a Companion, Albert a Grocers Assistant; Matilda worked in a Shop as an Assistant, Joseph a Butcher Boy and James was working as a Golf Caddie.
Brother James’ War Service
James Philip served in the Army in World War 1. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner, Regimental Number 352964. He received the British War and Victory Medals.
Frank enlisted into the Prince Albert’s, Somerset Light Infantry, C Coy, 6th Battalion. His rank was Private, his Service Number was 29157. He enlisted in Southampton.
On 12th March 1918 aged 19 years old he was killed in action when the Germans mounted their major offensive in March 1918 in the Somme Sector in France.
Frank is Remembered with Honour at the Thiepval Memorial, France.
He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.