Frank Bickerdike (1891-1915)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Frank Bickerdike

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BICKERDIKE, FRANK. Private. No 1800. 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born 24 Hope Street, Turnbridge, Huddersfield, in July 1891. Son of the late Tom Alexander Bickerdike (who lost his life in an accident at St. Andrew's Church in October, 1914) and Martha Bickerdike. Lived with his mother at 1 Lily Street, Turnbridge. Educated at Huddersfield Parish Church School. Employed at the Huddersfield Cooperative Society's painting department. Attended Northumberland Street and Ramsden Street Bible Classes and the Turnbridge Working Men's Club. With his brother, Fred, had been a member of the local Territorials for four years before the outbreak of the war. Killed in action, 23.8.1915, aged 24 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated on the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His mother received the following letter from her son, Private FRED BICKERDIKE, who was also serving in France, 'It is with deep regret that I have to write this, for our Frank has been killed this morning by a bullet. I went at once but he was unconscious till he died. We have to be thankful that he had no pain. I know this will be a great shock to you but you must try and bear up for there are thousands of mothers who have given their sons for the country. The Commanding Officer and his Company send their best sympathy and so do all his friends for Frank was one of the best. Do not get depressed, remember it is the fortune of war.'
ROH:- Northumberland Street Primitive Methodist Church and School; Christ Church, Moldgreen; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

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