Frank GARGAN
Rank: Private
Number: 9425
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 25 April 1915
Age: 22
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Frank had been born in Leeds, although his parents had lived in Heaton Norris for over 30 years, latterly at 46 Manchester Road. His father had been a regular soldier, serving with the Durham Light  Infantry in Afghanistan in 1878. It was probably no surprise to the family when, at the age of 17, Frank also enlisted. When war broke out in August 1914, he was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, in India. The Battalion arrived back in England on Christmas Eve, 1914 and Frank was able to get two days leave before they left again for France.

The 1st Battalion had lost heavily throughout the autumn of 1914 and was now desperate for experienced men. It seems as though Frank was drafted to them on his arrival, instead of staying with his own unit. He wrote home twice a week and regularly sent part of his pay to his mother who, in return, sent him parcels of food and other small comforts. Click here for details of Frank's last tour of duty in the trenches.

   
           
   
     
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