Frank Bookham

Frank was born in Pagham in 1884, the son of George (a farm labourer) and Hannah. The family moved to Hambledon, Surrey, and are found there in the 1891 Census.  Frank joined the regular army and upon his discharge went to live with his sister, Annie Ford, and her family in Newnham Green, Hampshire where Frank is listed in the 1911 Census.  Frank re-joined the army, enlisting in The Royal Engineers at Ramsgate in January 1915.  George was living in Culmer, Witley when Frank re-enlisted and died in the December of that year aged 59, he is buried in All Saints’, Witley, churchyard.

Frank went to Gallipoli with his unit at the end of 1915 and to France in June 1916.  He died of dysentery in No. 1 General Hospital, Etretat on 6th August 1916.

There is an additional inscription on Frank’s headstone – “My darling only brother, gone but not forgotten, peace, perfect peace” – by his sister, Annie, who had moved to Battlehunt Cottages, Kirdford. In addition to the 1914/15 Star Frank was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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