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Private 51413, 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

Killed in action 23rd April 2017, age 23.

Buried in Chili Trench Cemetery Gavrelle, France.

Former student of textiles.


 

Frank was born on 27th August 1893 at Kearsley, Lancashire to James Edward, an overlooker, and Alice Greenhalgh of Farnworth, near Bolton. He was educated at Francis Street School, Farnworth and Farnworth and Bolton Technical Schools. With 3 years work experience in the warping room, he entered Manchester University on 30th September 1912 to study textiles; and gained a Certificate in Technology, a First Class Certificate specialising in Cotton Spinning and other processes. He played cricket and football with Worsley Road Primitive Methodist’s first teams, the Manchester Technical School first.

Frank enlisted in June 1915 into Royal Fusiliers (Public School Battalion), as Private 7767, later 51413 in 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers and went to France in November 1916. He continued to enjoy football and cricket playing for his battalion when training in Edinburgh and while in France. He was attached to the Lewis Gun Section, had applied for a commission and his papers were expected when he was killed in April 1917. HIs brother Ernest Greenhalgh was an employee of Enfield Co-operative Society, joined the Middlesex Regiment in 1914 as a private, and in June 1916 transferred to the York and Lancaster Regiment. His headstone is engraved with the words “From the field of battle to the peace of God”.

 

 

 

 

His elder brother