|Date of birth:||1890|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Regiment:||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|Rank / Service No:||Serjeant, 8706|
|Died:||26th March 1918, aged 28 years|
|Commemorated:||Pozieres Memorial, France|
Frank was the youngest of 9 siblings born to John and Emma Bartlett (nee Wright), who married in Fareham in 1872.
It appears John fathered a child before marrying Emma….
Thomas b. 1 May 1863 Southampton d. 13 December 1924 Southampton
John was born in Southampton in 1840 and he died in the city in 1902.
Emma was born in Romsey in 1853 and she passed away in Southampton in 1914…..ironically, Frank outlived both parents.
Blanche Lily b. 18 May 1873 Southampton d. 31 May 1937 Bayswater Married Enrique Mariano De YBarroa in Westminster in 1902. Left £11273 1s 2d.
Harriet E. b. 14 May 1874 Southampton d. 1961 Southampton Married Alfred W. Davidge in Southampton in 1903.
Lizzie D. b. 1878 Southampton d. ?? Married Robert Surridge in Fareham in 1927.
Rose Mary b. 1879 Southampton d. ?? Married Henry Angus Neil in Southampton in 1918.
John Walter b. 1880 Woolston d. 1948 Southampton Married in 1905….
Eliza Jane b. 8 September 1881 Woolston d. 1952 Southampton Married Henry James Philips in Southampton in 1905.
Richard Alfred b. 1885 Woolston d. ?? Married Lillian K. Hull in Southampton in 1917.
Albert William b. 1887 Woolston d. ??
Frank originally attested into the 3rd Hampshire (#1552) on 20 June 1906 in Winchester.
He transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 14 August 1906.
Interestingly, Frank was based in Tientsin in China at the 1911 Census, although there is no record of the RI.F having been in the Far East.
As part of the 109th Brigade in the 36th Division, the 9th battalion trained in County Down before moving to Seaford in East Sussex in July 1915.
In early October 1915, the 36th Ulster Division landed in France. On 1 July 1916, the division was one of the very few to reach their objective on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
The division still suffered over 5,000 casualties on that day, although 9 men from the division were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions on 1 July.
1917 saw the division at the Battle of Messines, capturing Wytschaete, and in the Battle of Langemarck during the Third Battle of Ypres.
They also captured Bourlon Wood during the the Cambrai Operations in 1917.
Frank perished during the German Spring offensive, when many thousands of Allied servicemen lost their lives on the battlefields.
|Published:||7th December 2016|
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