Research and text by Brian Roote
Frank was born in Bexley Kent to George and Eliza who lived at Lily Cottages Beechwood Gardens Caterham. George worked at the Croydon Co-operative Society in London Road Croydon. His father died in 1906. George enlisted in Chelsea on 20 April 1916 and at the time he was 5’9” tall and had a chest of 39”. He went to France on 24 March 1916. His mother was advised on 24 March 1918 that he had been reported missing. She had heard nothing more for 9 months so she wrote on 11 January 1919 with a polite inquiry as to any news. She gave a list of his army comrades presumably from his letters. In reply the authorities sent her a list of men from his regiment who were returned Prisoners of War. Goodness only knows how Eliza felt about this!
After much looking on the Army’s part they finally admitted his death had been completely missed and they decided on 15 May 1919 that he was to be regarded as having died on or since 24 March 1918. His effects after the war amounted to £7.14s.9d plus War Gratuity £10.10s.0d to his mother.
He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial and St John’s Church Caterham Memorial.