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The son of Benjamin and Annie Beddall, Frank was born in Wolverhampton on 7 October 1895. In 1901 he was living with his parents at the Evening News office, 33 Queen Street, together with his sisters Annie, Lucy, Sarah and Phoebe. By 1911 they were at 10 Walsall Street, and Frank had an additional three sisters – Alice, Elsie and Lillian. Frank worked as a messenger for the Post Office.

On 30 October 1914, Frank’s name was listed in the Express & Star as one of many who had committed to enlisting in the ranks of the non-manual companies. He also appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 5 September 1914 in a similar list. There is a Frank Beddall who served with the South Staffordshire Regiment (numbers 2967 and subsequently 240576), and it seems likely that this is the right man. He first served in France from 19 August 1915, and was discharged on 26 March 1919.

He married Clara Moore in Wolverhampton in 1920, and the couple had a son, Frank B., in 1921. Frank died in Wolverhampton in 1972.

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