Frank Needham

Frank Needham

Frank Needham


71895, Private, Frank Needham, 8th Company machine Gun Corps, formerly 2025 Cheshire Regiment, 26316 Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.

Born in 1889 in Bollington, son of gasworks labourer, John Thomas and Elizabeth, (nee Pimlott) Needham of Defiance Street Bollington. Frank was one of 10 surviving children, his siblings were Helena, Samuel, Gladys, Annie, Christabel, Elizabeth, Agnes Rose, Harold, John, Audrey and Edwin Campbell. By 1901, he was living with his grandparents James and Ann Lang at Hope Street Bollington. In 1911 he was employed as a yard doubler, living at 22 Adlington Road, Bollington. He married Lily Pownall on 30 September 1911 at Holy Trinity, Hurdsfield and they set up home at 18, Higher Fence Road, Hurdsfield, Macclesfield.

Frank enlisted at Macclesfield, first he was placed with the Cheshire Regiment, later to be posted to the Kings Shropshire light Infantry, before finally being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. His theater of conflict ws France; he as killed in action Monday 12 March1917 aged 28 yerars

Medals: British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Private, Frank Needham, is buried at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pays de Calais
France C.W.G.C. Ref: – II. F.22

Also refer to

  • Barnswood Troops pre WWI
  • Photos from Barnswood archive Barnswood WW1
  • ‘Big Hats, Shorts and Dyb Dyb Dyb’ – a history of Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts by Norman Gosling
  • Photos of Bollington Scouts pre WW1 from Heritage Centre
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