Rank: Private
Number: 11107
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 November 1915
Cemetery: Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey

Regimental records, published after the war, indicate that Frank had been born in Marple. He was married to Frances and they lived at Husband's Row, Marple.

Frank enlisted into the army on August Bank Holiday, 1914. After training, the newly formed Battalion left Avonmouth in July 1915 to go into action in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign in Turkey.

The local press, reporting his death, stated that he had been killed in action on 14 November. That day, the Battalion had been engaged on deepening the front line trench. A small patrol, led by Lieutenant Marsh, went out into No Man's land to check if the Turkish soldiers were also digging near a hedge about 150 yards away. They returned saying they had found no trace of the enemy. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of any casualties but, if Frank actually was killed in action, then he was possibly part of the patrol.

There is, however, another possibility. The Regimental records (Soldiers Died in the Great War), referred to earlier, record that Frank "died". This designation, as opposed to "killed in action" or "died of wound", usually indicates a death by natural causes. The appalling conditions of the campaign brought a high toll in deaths from disease as indicated by the Battalion's own figures for November. Whilst 13 men had been killed or wounded, 341 were away from duty due to sickness.

Further information about Frank, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

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