Rank: Gunner
Number: 97530
Unit: 195th Siege Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 13 July 1917
Age: 33
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium

In civilian life, Horace Franklin had been a cab driver. He lived with his wife at 4 Jackson Street, Cheadle with their 6 children (the oldest being 12). He had married Ada Brown in 1904 at St Chad’s Church, Handforth. The 1901 Census records Horace, then 17, living at home with his widowed mother, Elizabeth, and his older sister and brother at 53 Parsonage Street, Stockport.

He joined up in June 1916, at Stockport. There are few detailed records available concerning the Royal Garrison Artillery batteries. They were the branch of the artillery using the heaviest calibre guns. These would be situated some considerable way behind the front line, often mounted in concrete emplacements. 195th Brigade was probably equipped with four 6-inch guns.

Most artillerymen were killed by enemy shellfire and it is presumed that this is how Horace died.

(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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