Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Number: 267919
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Little is known about Frank's private life. He had been born in Stockport and was married. His wife's first name is not recorded, but it began with the letter N. They lived at 102 (or 112) Chestergate, Stockport. Frank used to worship at St Augustine's Church, Cheadle Heath.

Frank had been a long-standing pre war member of the Territorial Army (as confirmed by his very low original service number - 145). He would have been mobilised when war was declared and, no doubt, quickly went on active service. Click here for a description the Battalion's early months of service. His Medal Index Card, at the National Archives, confirms he subsequently served with the number 5240, presumably still with the 6th Battalion. The change suggests that he had a period away from the Battalion, perhaps recuperating from illness or wounds. He then served with the number 15115. This number is normally associated with one of the Cheshires "New Army Service Battalions", created when war was declared. It suggests that Frank may have been wounded again, but on recovery, was allocated to a different unit.  In early 1917, all Territorial Army soldiers were allocated new 6 digit numbers and, it can be assumed that Frank returned to the 6th Cheshires after this time.

Frank was killed in the Battalion's attack, described here, on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. The Captain commanding his Company wrote to Mrs Phillips saying that Frank had led and encouraged the men on, in the attack, and had reached the final objective before being killed.

He was originally posted as missing. In May 1918, his body had still not been found and the military authorities made an official presumption that he must have been killed. His body must have been discovered after this date, probably when the battlefields were extensively cleared after the war. His   grave is in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's largest cemetery, overlooking the battlefield where he was killed.

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