Frank SCHOLES
Rank: sergeant
Number: 14476
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 1 June 1918
Age: 31
Cemetery: Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

Frank was born in Romiley, the son of William Harrison Scholes. Nothing is known of his life until he enlisted into the army in Stockport. His service number indicates that this was in September 1914. The number is not one associated with an early recruit to the 6th Territorial Battalion and means that Frank was originally posted to one of the new "Service" battalions created for the duration of the war. If he had been transferred to the 6th Battalion before January 1917, he would have been allocated a new number. It is probable that Frank was with the 13th Battalion until it was disbanded in February 1918 with all the troops being reassigned to different units.

On 27 May 1918, the Germans launched the third of their Spring offensives. This would become known as the Third Battle of the Aisne. Within 24 hours, the Allied forces had been pushed back 15 kilometres and had lost many men.

During the afternoon of 29 May, the Battalion was ordered to take up a position in front of the Bois de la Vente, north of the French village of Augny where it remained until 7am the next day. The Battalion's War Diary records that "after intense shelling and enemy attack, the troops on the left flank retired, compelling the Battalion to evacuate and take up a position south east of Romigny, in front of Bois be Bouvel which position was held throughout 31 May."

On 1 June, the Battalion was further withdrawn to positions at the south west corner of the Bois d' Ecclisse. Frank is the only member of the Battalion to be killed that day. The Cheshires would stay at the Wood for several days more before they were relieved. Frank had probably been killed by shellfire and, in the chaos of the following days, it was, no doubt, impossible to give him a proper burial. He is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at the town of Soissons, along with 4000 other troops who were killed in this Battle and who have no known grave.

   
           
   
     
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