Frank Wormald was born in 1891 the son of Abraham and Mary Ann. nee Mosey. Abraham had originally married Mary Ann Cooper in 1871 in Dewsbury and they had six sons, Mary Ann dying after the birth of their youngest son George born 1884.Abraham re-married in 1885 to Mary Ann Mosey and three children were born to this second marriage, Alice in 1886, Frank in 1891 and Joseph in 1893. Abraham died in 1901 aged 71 years and by 1911 Mary Ann and her own children were living at 10
Craven Terrace, Eccleshill and Frank at 19 years of age was working as a mule spinner.In 1913 at St Mary, Laisterdyke, Frank married Lucy Bolton and they had two sons, Jack born in 1914 and Frank in 1915. When Frank enlisted the family were living at 22 Moorside Place, Eccleshill.He enlisted on the 19th of June 1915 as Private 24244 in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry but at some point transferred to the 8th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 241990.
Frank’s Battalion was involved in the Arras Offensive, the First Battle of the Scarpe 9th to 14th April 1917 and also in the Third Battle of the Scarpe 3rd to 4th May 1917 when Frank was killed in action, death presumed. He was 26 years of age. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial which records the names of the men who fell in the Battles of Arras from the spring of 1916 until the 7th August 1918 and who have no known grave.He left his effects to his wife Lucy but when he died he had a debtor
balance of £0.5.5d but she did receive his War Gratuity of £8.10.0d on the 21st November 1919.Frank’s name does not appear on either of the Eccleshill Rolls of Honour but he is listed in a later roll of war dead in the Parish Magazine.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks