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Born: 29 July 1874
Died: 15 March 1917
Buried: Gommecourt British Cemetery
Address: Ingleside Grove, Shipley (given as Saltaire)
Parents: William and Eliza
Spouse: Laura, nee Garnett
Siblings: Two brothers, three sisters
Occupation: Stuff Merchant
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Peter’s, Shipley
Regiment: Hon Artillery Coy
Frank Clough Mitchell
On 6 April 1917, the Shipley Times & Express published: The death of Pte Frank C Mitchell, formerly of Ingleside Grove, Saltaire*, will come as a shock to many people. He was in the Honourable Artillery Co and has been killed in action after being in the army about six months. Pte Mitchell was well known, not only in the Bradford trade but in the district generally, having married the daughter of the late Mr Joshua Garnett, of the Knoll, Idle. Before joining the colours, he was
a stuff merchant in Bradford and was over military age. He was the son of the late Mr John Mitchell (sic, in fact son of Wm Mitchell), who was for many years one of the secretaries of the Bradford Third Equitable Building Society and a brother of Mr Edgar Mitchell, of Rawlinson and Mitchell, accountants. Pte Mitchell was actively connected with the Saltaire Congregational Church and was a well-known tennis player. His death is deeply regretted by all who knew him and much sympathy
is being expressed with his widow and relatives. The following week the newspaper published a letter from his company captain giving more details of how Frank had been killed: “His platoon was ordered to advance in daylight to reconnoitre the enemy’s position. The men advanced in perfect line and without a waver. “The Divisional General and our Commanding Officer have expressed in writing their admiration for the magnificent courage displayed.
“From a soldier’s point of view it was a magnificent advance and I trust the knowledge of this will in some degree alleviate your grief. He is buried with his comrades on the ground they won.” The fallen soldier was 42 years old. He voluntarily enlisted in December last. A younger brother of Pte Mitchell, Mr George F Mitchell is in the Seaforth Highlanders and is at the front. *Ingleside Grove was in Shipley .CWGC records give Frank’s wife living in Cornwall Road Harrogate at the time of his death
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