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withersFrank was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Henry and Sarah Withers. They were living at Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, along with Frank’s sisters Florence, Marion, Ada and Nelly. Frank attended Brickkiln Street Council School and “was very much liked by the teachers and his companions”, according to the Midland Counties Express dated 25 November 1916. By 1911, their address was given as 125 Merridale Street West, and Frank had entered the cabinet trade.

On 10 December 1915, Frank enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 23634) and trained with them, before being draft to the 7th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment (number 31236). His address on enlistment was given as 77 Great Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton, and his trade was carpenter and joiner. On 4 September 1916, he was sent to France. He received gun shot wounds in both legs on 5 October. Despite his left leg being amputated, he died of these wounds at the 11th Stationary Hospital in Rouen on 30 October 1916. His British War and Victory Medals were later sent to his father. He was buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen, and is remembered on the St Paul’s Church war memorial in St John’s Church.

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