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Born: 1885
Died: 11 September 1915
Buried: Gibraltar North Front Cemetery
Address: 171 New Line, Greengates
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Greengates
Regiment: Border Regt
Frank Barraclough
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On 15 October 1915, the Shipley Times & Express reported: In a letter from the matron of the military hospital at Gibraltar, Mrs Barraclough of 171 New Line, Greengates, has received information of her son Pte F Barraclough, who has died of wounds received at the Dardanelles on August 22nd. Pte Barraclough, who, before the outbreak of war resided with his wife and child in Worsley Street, Manchester, is a native of Greengates and the grandson of Mr Frank Smith, a prominent worker in connection with the Greengates
Primitive Methodist Chapel and ex- superintendent of the Sunday School. As a youth he joined the 3rd West Yorkshire Regiment and later transferred to the Border Regt. He, as a reservist, was recalled to the colours and went to France with the first British contingent. Later he was sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula. He was wounded at Christmas in France and again in August of the present year at the Dardenelles,
passing away on the 29th of last month. In the letter it stated that Pte Barraclough was admitted to the hospital at the end of August suffering from very severe wounds in the back and leg. ‘From the time he came in the case was quite hopeless. He was a splendid patient, never complaining; when the end came it was quite peaceful. He had already been unconscious for some hours and as soon as it was apparent that
nothing could be done for him, he was kept practically free from pain. ‘He was buried with full military honours and lies in the cemetery here, amongst other soldiers, who like himself, have given their lives for their country.’ Pte Barraclough is the fifth Greengates soldier to lose his life in the war. The Commonwealth War Graves site gives Frank’s death as 11 September and also reports that he served as Jones but so far there is no explanation as to why.
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