Frank CLOUGH
Rank: Private
Number: 13534
Unit: 13th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 21 October 1916
Age: 28
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Frank was the eldest son of Mrs Clough, 3 Daniel street, Hazel Grove. His brother, Ernest, is also commemorated on the Memorial. Frank enlisted, at Stockport, in September 1914, soon after war was declared in August. The local newspaper reported that he was wounded early in 1916, losing an ear whilst serving with the 7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.  This would suggest that, when he recovered, he was transferred to the 10th Battalion. However, a search of the National Archives website suggests that Frank was never allocated a service number appropriate for the 7th Battalion. It is probable, therefore, that all of his service was with the 10th Battalion.

He was killed in an attack on the German trenches described here. The Battalion Chaplain later wrote that it had not been possible to do more than bury the dead where they lay. It must be presumed that, in the chaos of the battle and the subsequent days, the grave locations were never properly recorded or were subsequently destroyed by later artillery fire. Frank's grave was never found and identified.

   
           
   
     
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