Organisations/clubs: Eccleshill Congs Sunday School
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: West Yorkshire
We first read about Frank on 13 October 1916 when the Shipley Times & Express reported: Pte Frank Kendall, Yorkshire Regt, Mount Terrace, Idle, has been wounded and is in a Northampton war hospital.Before enlisting he was employed by the Bradford Dyers Association. He was a successful student in the textile department at the Bradford Technical College.His brother has been out in France 18 months with the Royal Field Artillery. Both were scholars at the Eccleshill Congregational Sunday School.A month later they reported: Writing to a friend from a Northampton War Hospital, Pte
Frank Kendall, who has been at the front with the West Yorks says: “I have only had a short experience at the front but it is packed with incidents that are not likely to be forgotten.“I arrived up the line to have an early whack at Fritz on the Somme. It was here, during some heavy shelling, that Fritz gave me a slight iron tonic.“I was jolly luck as the shell dropped directly into the trench and wounded five of us. I did not know for quite some time after that I was wounded as I was dazed“After waiting 12 hours, the
stretcher bearers took me out of the trench and carried me about four miles over moorland in the drenching rain.“On arriving at the first-aid post I tasted hot tea for the first time in four days and after having my wounds dressed was sent to the base and afterwards landed in Blighty and am now going on well.”That is the last we hear of Frank until 4 June 1920 when it is reported: The marriage took place on Tuesday at Salem Congregational Church, Manningham, of Mr Frank Kendall,
youngest son of Mr and Mrs John Kendall of 32 Mount Terrace, Eccleshill, to Elsie, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs T Motson of 4 Grandage Terrace, Wheatley Hill, Bradford.The Rev W J Coates was the officiating minister. Two cousins of the bride were bridesmaids and Capt Eric Mawson was best man. The bride was given away by her father.After the reception at the home of the bride’s parents, the happy pair left for Harrogate where the honeymoon is being spent.The bridegroom was three years in the army and was wounded in the Somme battle.