Frank Vivian Bagshaw

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Major
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: Siege Battery
Died: 2nd April 1918 aged 36 years
Death location: Southampton


Life before the War
Frank was the youngest of 8 children born to George and Ann Crewse, nee Vivins.  George was born in Colworth in Warwickshire in 1830 and he died in Southampton in 1896.  Ann was born in Brixham in 1837 and she died in the Southampton in 1912.  They were married on 15th January 1857 in Brixham, where their first 4 children were born.  By 1870 the family was living in Southampton, where the remaining 4 children were born.

The family home latterly was “Strathearn”, Westwood Road, Portswood.

Frank’s siblings – 3 sisters and 4 brothers – were:

George   b.1860 and d.1930 Eastleigh.  Married Florence Mary Bishop in Melcombe Regis in 1908.

William   b.1861 and d.1939 Southampton…Mayor of Southampton 1913-14.

Edwin   b.1863 and d.1941 Southampton.

Annie   b.1865 and d.1952 Droxford.  Married Alexander G Glover in Southampton in 1887.

Alfred John Vivian   b.1870 and d.1949 Surrey.  Married Effie Stallard Ford in Havant in 1896.

Eliza Louisa   b.15 November 1872 and d.24 January 1959 Southampton.  Married James Charles Hay in Southampton in 1894.

Ada   b.1877 and d.1961 Salisbury.


War Service
Frank was fighting on the Western Front with his unit in 1917 when he was wounded in the leg by a high-explosive shell.  His injuries necessitated his repatriation back to Southampton.  Having apparently fully recovered, and looking forward to rejoining his unit the following day, he spent the evening of 1st November 1918 dining with friends.  After dinner, the group boarded a boat on the Itchen.  Frank left his friends at around midnight and was not seen alive again.  It is believed he drowned, in what was probably a terrible accident.

In his Will he left £910 18s 6d to be shared between his spinster sister Ada and his brother William.

Frank is buried at Southampton Old Cemetery.


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:  1888 – 1896

Education & Employment:  Frank attended Preparatory school before joining Taunton’s.  After school he worked as a builder’s clerk, then as a builder before joining the army.  He became 2nd Lieutenant of the 1st Hampshire Volunteer Corps in May 1906.

Life during the War:  Frank was a Territorial officer before the outbreak of war.  He was promoted to Major in 1915.  As part of the Royal Garrison Artillery in France he was in command of a Siege Battery.  He was wounded in the leg by a high explosive shell in 1917.  

He was keen to return to France in 1918 and was dining with friends on the evening of 1st November before intending to rejoin his unit at the front the next day.  They spent the rest of the evening on a boat moored on the Itchen from where it is believed Frank drowned after leaving his friends around midnight.

Frank died on 2nd November 1918 aged 36 years.

Unfortunately, unlike the majority of Old Tauntonians, no photo exists for Frank.  The extract above is © Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group have received permission to reproduce this extract from the narrative on the Old Tauntonians’ online War Memorial:

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Researcher: 28th June 2015
Published: Mark Heritage
Updated: Insert dates here

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2 responses to “Frank Vivian Bagshaw

  1. Brian Kent

    Frank’s sister Eliza Louisa Hay (nee Bagshaw) was born on 15 November 1872, not 1873. She died on 24 January 1959. She is buried with her husband and two adult children in the same grave at St Mary Extra Cemetery, Portsmouth Road, Southampton.

    Frank’s brother William was Mayor of Southampton 1913-14.

    Frank worked in the family owned builders and suppliers business.

    The Bagshaw’s lived for several years at South Front, Southampton.

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