Frank Firth was born in 1884 in Bradford, the fifth of eight children of Wright and Mary, nee Hurd.By 1901 the family had moved to 3 Mint Street, Undercliffe and Frank at 17 years of age was working as a carter for a plumber.On the 2nd of December 1905 at St Peter Parish Churchm, Frank married Florrie Peachy, 21 year of age, a laundress of 9 Mint Street and the daughter of Charles Peachy, a woolsorter. Frank was also 21 years of age and he gave his occupation as a stone mason and his address as 1091 Otley Road.
Frank and Florrie went to live at 17 Dallam Street, Undercliffe where their four children were born, Morris in 1907, Harry in 1908, Mary in 1909 and Doris in 1912.Frank enlisted on the 15th of January 1917 as Sapper 228175 in the 307th Road Construction of the Royal Engineers. The war of 1914-1918 relied on engineering. Without engineers
there would have been no supply to the armies because the RE’s maintained the railways, roads, water supply, bridges and transport. Nothing is known about Frank’s service or how he came to be injured but he died in hospital at Wimereux, France on the 30th October 1917. He was 34 years of age.Frank is buried at Wimmeraux Communal Cemetery.
Wimereux was the headquarters of the Queen Mary's Army Auxilliary Corps during the First World War. From October 1914 onwards, Wimereux formed an important hospital centre and until June 1918 the medical units at Wimereux used the communal cemetery for burials.He left his effects to his widow Florrie who received £8/14/2d on the 7th February 1918 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 20th November 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks