One of our volunteers, Frank Lockley, has been researching some of the soldiers buried at Heath Town Cemetery. Here is the first of his reports:
Frank Lineker was born in Nottingham, son of George and Martha on 6th December 1890. It is not clear when the family moved to Wolverhampton, but Frank appears in the Admissions log of Moseley Village Board School on 9th September 1895 with a home address of Willenhall Road.
In 1911 the family is living at 101 Willenhall Road, Moseley Village and Frank’s occupation is a wood turner.
On 9 September 1914, Frank’s name was listed in the Express & Star among a list of men who had signified their willingness to join the army. He enlisted on 25 November 1915 in Birmingham, when he is living at 76 Sherlock Street, Birmingham. He joined as a sapper in the Royal Engineers 1st Reserve Battalion, based at Chatham Kent.
Frank’s service records show that he was a skilled wood turner and he only served at Chatham.
His medical papers record that he was admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital in Chatham on 13th March 1916 with pneumonia, and died on 1st April, “…he was very ill from the time of admission and never responded to treatment”.
The service records also contain correspondence from the Royal Engineers Record Office to Frank’s family confirming that as requested, arrangements had been made to transport his body to Wolverhampton for burial and also asking for details of the burial place. A note from Frank’s mother giving details of the burial is also included.