Frank PEARSON
Rank: Private
Number: 11309
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 3 May 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery, Iraq

Frank was born in the parish of St Mary's C of E Church, Stockport and lived with his parents at 333 Newbridge Lane. He worked as an operative in a cotton mill until he volunteered for the army in August 1914 - within days of war being declared on the 4th.

After training, the newly formed Battalion went overseas in July 1916, seeing action at Gallipoli, before being transferred to Mespopotamia (modern day Iraq). Frank died in a military hospital and the official cause of death was "disease". Certainly, illness was a great killer in that theatre of the War but it cannot be known how much the following incident contributed to his demise. One of his comrades wrote to his father saying a shell had burst nearby and bruied Frank and another man. "They were dug out but he suffered a great deal of shock. He subsequently died. I got a chaplain who knew Frank and the friendship that had grown between us and some of the lads who also knew him and we were party of his friends who buried him last night in a little Cemetery near our camp. As for poor Frank, I feel that he was a good lad and when I swung my lantern down into his grave last night and said goodbye, I felt that he was very near to me still. Between those who have died and those who remain the gulf is not very wide out here and the bond between us is strong."

There is no mention of this incident in the Battalion's War Diary, in the month preceding Frank's death.

Frank's brothers, Charles, Edward and Ernest, all served during the War and are believed to have survived.

   
           
   
     
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