Lance Corporal 11015 Frank Lamsdale

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Killed in Action on Friday, 14th May 1915, age 25.
Buried in Grave XXVI. A. 19. at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas De Calais, France.

2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 5th Brigade of 2nd Division.

Son of Thomas and Jane Lamsdale, of 6 Cotterils Farm, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 12th August 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/586344/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Frank Henry Lamsdale registered June quarter 1890 in Dudley.

1901 Census
5 Cotterills Farm, Ocker Hill, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Lamsdale (45, Night Foreman Tube Works, born Bilston), his wife Jane (42, born Tipton), and their 7 children: Emily (23, born Tipton,) Arthur (17, Machine Driller, born Tipton), Albert (12, born Tipton), Frank (11, born Tipton), Ada (8, born Tipton), Harold (6, born Tipton), Ethel (3, born Tipton) and Fred (3 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
Jhansi, India.
Military Service Overseas with the 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.
Private Frank Lamsdale, age 22, single, born Tipton, Staffs.

Personal Data

Frank Lamsdale enlisted in Wednesbury with the 4th South Staffords (Militia) on 21st November 1907 for a period of 6 years; the militia was disbanded on the creation of the Territorials. He was 18 years and 8 months old and worked for James Russell Tube Works, Wednesbury, as a Tube Cutter-Off. He was a single man, 5 feet 6⅞ inches tall, weighed 119 pounds and had a 34½-inch chest. He had a fair complexion, blues eyes and brown hair, and stated his religion as Wesleyan. Whether from his occupation or other reasons, he had scars on the back of his neck, near his right ear and near his right eye; he also had an "indefinite tattoo" on the outside of his right forearm.

This taste of military life seemed to appeal to Frank. On 3rd February 1908, after just 49 days in the Militia, he resigned to enlist with the Worcestershire Regiment and become a full-time soldier. He joined the 2nd Battalion who had been stationed in India (at Ahmednagar, 150 miles east of Mumbai) since December 1906, moving 600 miles north-east to Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh in November 1909; this is where Frank was stationed at the time of the 1911 census. In 1913 the 2nd Battalion swapped roles with their sister 1st Battalion, and returned to England, to Tidworth Barracks in Wiltshire.

As Frank Lamsdale landed in France on 12th August 1914, he was a true 'Old Contemptible'. He would have seen action at Mons, suffered in the Retreat from Mons, been in action at the Marne and Aisne, and the Worcesters famous charge at Gheluvelt.

After Frank's death his outstanding army pay and allowances was paid to his next of kin - his father Thomas; this amounted to the princely sum of £26/8/4d (26 pounds 8 shillings and 4 pence). His War Gratuity of £5/0/0d was also paid to his father in July 1919, this amount reflected that Frank had been a member of the regular army at the outbreak of war.

Action resulting in his death

After the failure of the Battle of Aubers Ridge on 9th May 1915, it was obvious that daylight attacks against defences unbroken by artillery was hopeless. The 2nd Worcesters were to take part in the Battle of Festubert initially planned for the night of 14th to 15th May 1915, but postponed 24 hours to the night of 15th to 16th May.

Shelling was a constant feature in the build up to the attack, and it is likely that Lamsdale was killed by enemy artillery fire whilst the 2nd Worcesters were taking over the front line allotted to them. The Worcesters Burial Register says of Frank: "Buried in field near side of wood, square S3(c). Killed at Richebourg, Windy Corner".

It seems likely that Frank's remains were moved from the initial burial location mentioned above to Edward Road Cemetery No.2, at Richebourg L'Avoué, just a short distance to the south. In 1924 Edward Road No.2 Cemetery was considered too difficult to maintain and the burials in Edward Road Cemetery were moved to Cabaret Rouge Cemetery, Souchez, 15 miles to the south. Frank was reinterred there between 30th December 1924 and 3rd January 1925.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 19th June 1915
The War Office has sent a notification to the relatives of the death of Lance-Corporal F. Lamsdale, 2nd Worcesters, whose home was at 6 Cotterills Farm, Toll End, Ocker Hill, who was killed in action. Lamsdale had been in the Army seven years, the greater part of which was spent in India. He was stationed at Aldershot when war broke out, and he was in first draft of Expeditionary Force. He fought in several battles without receiving any injury.

Tipton Herald 28th August 1915
At St Mark's, Ocker Hill, Tipton, on Sunday last, a memorial service was held in respect of six more Ocker Hill residents. The names of the six men were inscribed inside a wreath that was hung near the pulpit and they were as follows:
Lance Corporal Frank Lamsdale (25) of the 2nd Worcesters. Killed in action at Richebourg, May 14th.