Frank LIVELY
Rank: Private
Number: 27968
Unit: 15th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 16 July 1918
Age: 21
Cemetery: Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery., Poperinge, Belgium

Frank Lively is commemorated on the Memorial in his native Romiley, but suffers the indignity of having his name spelt incorrectly on the nearby Memorial in Bredbury. That Memorial also incorrectly describes his unit as the 3rd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. The 3rd Battalion was the reserve unit which never left Britain.

James Lively had been born in South Wales but, by 1881, he was living in the Stockport area. Between April and June of that year, he married Hannah Bennett at St Paul's Church, Portwood. They were in their mid-20s. Family history websites list several births of children named Lively before and after this date registered at Marple. Frank's birth was also registered at Marple in 1897.

By the 1901 Census, the family was living in Romiley and it confirms that Frank and the other young people named Lively had also been born in the village. James, then aged 45, was a greengrocer. Hannah's death, at the age of 56, is recorded in 1911.

Frank's service number indicates he enlisted, into the 15th Battalion, between May and July 1915 and he probably went overseas in the following February. The 15th was formed as a "Bantam Battalion" originally made up of men previously rejected by the army as being under the minimum height. Later recruits were men of all heights. It's not known how tall Frank was.

On 16 July 1918, the Battalion was at a position known as Mont Rouge near the Belgian village of Locre (now Loker), some 11 kilometres to the south west of Ypres (Ieper). The Battalion's War Diary records what happened:-

"The day opened with a heavy thunderstorm and later, enemy shells landed near Brigade HQ> This shelling continued all day. From about 7.30pm onwards, the roads behind our position were shelled with gas shells. Working parties were found by all Companies. Just as they were on the point of setting out, the enemy put a burst of 15mm shell on the road near Brigade HQ, killing Lt H A Wainwright and 4 Other Ranks, and wounding 13 others."

Frank was one of those killed and he is now buried near to Harry Wainwright. Fred Irwin was badly wounded and died two days later.

   
           
   
     
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