Frank Davenport Rawson

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Surrey, Lambeth, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
58 Kingswood Road, Brixton, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Postal Official

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Surrey, Lambeth, England, United Kingdom
 —  Lincolnshire Regiment, 7th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Solferino Farm, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Solferino Farm Cemetery
Plot: II
Row: B
Grave: 40

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 5

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of wounding
#5 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Frank Davenport Rawson, a former postal worker, was born in 1882 in Lambeth, Surrey, England. He was the son of Fredrick William and Isabella Rawson. On 20 October 1906 he married Amy Grigg and had four children by 1912. He enlisted in Lambeth, Surrey, England. Frank served as a private in the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, part of the 51st Brigade, of the 17th (Northern) Division.

On the 19th of November 1917 the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment moved into brigade reserve at Huddleston camp near Saint Julien. On the night between 22nd and 23rd November they moved to the front-line trenches east of Madonna. They held the line from Turenne Crossing (Stadensteenweg x Bareelstraat) to Gravel Farm along the Poperingestraat. They were relieved on the night between the November 25th and 26th and moved to International Corner (Dragon Camp) near Boesinghe.

Frank, aged 35, died of wounds on 27 November 1917. He died in the 52nd Field Ambulance at Solferino Farm after suffering a gunshot wound to the face. He was most likely wounded in the previous days while holding the line east of Madonna. Private Rawson is buried at Solferino Farm Cemetery, Plot II, Row B, Grave 40.

Sources 3

52 Field Ambulance (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/1996/2).
Sources used
7 Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2007/1).
Sources used
Charles Rudyerd Simpson, The history of the Lincolnshire Regiment : 1914-1918 (London: The Medici Society, 1931), 287.
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