Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s, Tyne Cot Memorial
Regiment: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Frank Wheat was born on the 15th September 1899 in Bradford the son of Walter and Lizzie Louise Bach nee Owen.Walter and Lizzie married in Brownhills on the 15th of August 1896 when Walter, a widower was 34 years of age. Lizzie, a widow was 37 years of age. Both already had children including Harold Arthur Wheat; Frank was their only child together.By 1911 the family had moved to 17 Whitehead Place and had one servant. When Frank enlisted he
was employed by Messrs. Dunlop and Sons in Peckover Street, Bradford.He enlisted on the 15th of October 1917 as Private 62299 in the 1st/4th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. His Battalion fought in the Lys offensive in the Battle of Bailleul 13th to 15th of April 1918 and at Kemmel on the 17th to the 19th of April 1918. Frank was posted missing in action on the 25th of April, the first day of the second Battle of Kemmel.
In July of that year his parents published a request in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph asking for any information. Frank was 18 years of age and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial which is the free gift in perpetuity of the Belgian people to those who are honoured there.He left his effects to his father Walter who received £3.4.2d on the 29th of January 1919 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 24th November 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks