Siblings: James, William, Walter, Tom, George, Ernest, Herbert
Occupation: Stuff warehouseman
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill Park and St Luke’s; Ploegsteert Memorial
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Frank Fogden was born on the 16th of March 1892 and baptised at St Luke, Eccleshill on the 4th October 1903. He was the son of William Joseph and Clara nee Rhodes of 56 Charnwood Road, Eccleshill. By 1891 the couple had six children: James, William, Walter, Tom, George and Ernest. Two further children were born, Herbert in 1889 and Frank.William Joseph died in 1900 at the age of 41 and by 1911 the family were living at 48 Hatfield Road. All the family were working and Frank, aged 19, was a stuff warehouseman.
Frank enlisted on the 1st May 1916 when living at 25 Peterborough Place. He became Private 291447 of the 9th Battalion of the Northumber- land Fusiliers and served on the Western Front. On the 9th of April 1918 German troops launched an offensive against Allied positions in Armentieres, on the River Lys to become known as the Battle of Lys.Fourteen German divisions attacked along a 10 mile front driving a hole 3.5 miles wide through the British line and
unleashing 2,000 tons of poisonous gas incapacitating 8000 and killing 30. Frank was killed in action on the first day of the battle and he is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial which commemorates servicemen who died in this sector and have no known grave.His effects were left to his mother Clara who received £3.11.8d on the 12th October 1918 and a War Gratuity of £9.0.0d on the 31st July 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks