Rank: Private
Number: 34565
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 October 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq

Frank's age of 22 is based on the 1901 Cenus information. 

Frank Adamson was born at Cheadle and enlisted in the army in Stockport. At the time of the 1901 census, he was living at 209 Stockport Road, Cheadle with his parents, Samuel and Elizabeth, and his three brothers and sister.

He is recorded in official records as having “died”. This, coupled with the fact that the cemetery in which he is buried is adjacent to the location of a wartime military hospital, suggests that he died from natural causes.

The Battalion arrived in Mesopotamia (now modern day Iraq) at the end of February 1916, having previously been in action at Gallipoli. They were in action during the April but further attacks were prevented by the heat of the coming summer. Many men fell ill from disease, dysentery and cholera. Minor attacks were ordered during January and February 1917, but by the middle of the month, the Turkish Army had started to surrender. During March, Baghdad was captured and, over the next few weeks “mopping up” operations were conducted in very difficult conditions. The men still had heavy serge uniforms. Constant dust storms filled the eyes and ears. Temperatures rose to 110 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the shade and there was insufficient water.

More sad news would come to Cheadle in June 1981, when it was learned that Frank’s younger brother, Ronald, had been killed in action.

(NB: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website. Updated September 2006)

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