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Offline GrahamC

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Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« on: June 12, 2011, 05:45:50 PM »
Hi Pals

Can anyone tell me anything about this man who is commemorated on my local (Buxton) Memorial.  Also, where the 1/7th were in action on the day he died (a War Diary entry would be fantastic). I have the usual stuff - Censuses, MIC, etc.

He is buried in Grave XV. A. 4., Grevillers British Cemetery

Many thanks
Graham

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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 12:14:00 AM »
hiya graham
the battalion were in the riencourt/warlencourt area,on 27th sept they assaulted the hindenburg line,the wire was 20 feet wide and the strong german defences on the high ground at beaucamp were able to pour fire into the battalion,of the 450 men and 16 officers,only 150 men and 4 officers came through untouched,frank and pte harry williams died of wounds in the casualty clearing station the following day and pte george wakefield died of wounds on the 29th,the battalion had 60 dead that day,but without the tank support it could have been worse.
just out of curiosity graham,was frank his correct first name or was it george

mack ;D

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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2011, 02:30:29 PM »
hi graham, welcome to the forum, try this link to main site  for 1/7th battalion .
http://www.themanchesters.org/7th%20batt.htm        enjoy tonyrod

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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011, 12:51:07 PM »
Hi guys

Many thanks for the information and the links - all very useful and greatly appreciated.

Frank apeears as 'F' on the Memorial, but you are quite right he was actually George Francis M. Midgeley, and was born in the September quarter 1896 at Eccleshall, Sheffield, the son of George William (Joiner) and Elizabeth Midgley, who in 1901 were living at 4 South Avenue, Buxton (Census RG 13/3269) By 1911 (Census RG 14/21243) they had moved to 8 Torr Street, Buxton. He had an older brother and an older sister, Arnold James and Maggie, and two younger siblings, John William and Florence. In 1911 he was working as an “Apprentice Hairdresser”.  After the War the family moved to "Ellan Lea," 35, Barnford Rd., Didsbury, Manchester.

Can I push my luck here? - any ideas when he joined up, perhaps from his Service Number 276350. His MIC doesn't give a date for entering the War.

Cheers
Graham

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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011, 09:31:38 AM »
hi graham,
              i am not 100% sure but generally when no date is given on a mic for entry into a war zone, its after 31 December 1915, last date for award of the 1914-15 star, you will need his service records to find out when he signed up,  have you tried ancestry service records ?  one or two showing up ,
 only 16 frank midgley  signed up for ww1.           tonyrod
« Last Edit: June 17, 2011, 09:38:28 AM by tonyrod »

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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2011, 01:05:50 PM »
Hi Tony

Yes - tried to trace Service Papers - various spelling of 'Midgley' etc. but no joy. I was just wondering if anyone had compiled a database of service numbers and dates.

Many thanks again
Graham

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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2011, 01:33:39 PM »
hi graham, back to the main site, http://www.themanchesters.org/re-numbering.htm
looks like he was in  early.  

Medal card of Midgley, F
Corps   Regiment No   Rank
Manchester Regiment    3925    Private

CWGC.                   SDGW have him as MIDGELEY
MIDGLEY, FRANK
Initials:    F
Nationality:    United Kingdom
Rank:    Private
Regiment/Service:    Manchester Regiment
Unit Text:    1st/7th Bn.
Age:    22
Date of Death:    28/09/1918
Service No:    276350
Additional information:    Son of G. W. and Elizabeth Midgley, of "Ellan Lea," 35, Barnford Rd., Didsbury, Manchester.
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:    XV. A. 4.
Cemetery:    GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY


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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2011, 06:16:42 PM »
Many thanks for putting all the pieces together for me Tony - very very useful.  I have 12 Manchester Regt. lads on the Memorial - so might well be back!

As you say he must have joined early, probably aged only 18, and saw action in Gallipoli before returning to France.

All adds to the interest in the biographical details I am trying to build up. My aim is to have a page for each man - a photo where possible plus a photo of their grave. Rather inspired by John Hartley's 'Stockport Soldiers' site - and with his permisssion, I'm calling it "More Than Just A Name".

There's 316 names in total and I've done about 80 - but it's coming on, and with such help as yours it's coming on even better!

Cheers
Graham

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Re: Pt. Frank MIDGLEY, 1/7 Bn. - died 28 September 1918
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2011, 08:42:38 AM »
cheers graham, keep popping in that's what we are her for, i started 6-7 years ago knowing nothing and now i  just now were to find it,

have a look in to my family site, this shows how far this site and members have taken me,
http://tonyrod.webs.com/