Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
28/12/1882
Lieu de naissance:
Slinfold, Sussex, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

Profession:
Farm Labourer

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
30610
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Chichester, Sussex, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Unités:
 —  East Surrey Regiment, 1st Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
04/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Polderhoek, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
34

Mémorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: 80A

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille — 18/10/1920
Victory Medal
Médaille — 18/10/1920

Points d'intérêt 2

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement

Mon histoire

On the night of the 1st and 2nd October the 5th Division relieved the 23rd Division in the line. The 95th Brigade relieved the 69th Brigade in the Left Sector of the 5th Divisional Front. The 95th held a line due South of Polygonwood. Their line stretched from about 200 yards South of the Reutelbeek, trough Jutfarm to the East of Cameron House. Trenches were almost non-existent and the men had to take positions in the shell holes.
The 5th Division would resume the offensive on the 4th of October. Their task was to capture the Spur Southwest of Reutel, a hamlet West of the village of Beselare, and the East slopes of the Polderhoek Spur to cover the communications of the 21st Division on their left across Polygon Beek and to assist the 21st in the capture of Reutel. The 5th Division attacked with two brigades. The 13th Brigade on the right and the 95th on the left with the 15th in Divisional Reserve. The attack of the 95th was carried out by the 1st Devons on the right, the 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry on the left with the 1st East Surreys in close support, and the 12th Gloucesters in reserve.
Two companies (3 and 4) of the 1st East Surreys would move forward in close support of the 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry with their left resting on the North Divisional Boundary. They would come under command of the 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and would advance 15 minutes after the 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry had left their positions. Companies 1 and 2 would move up to Cameron Covert where they would remain in support.
At zero hour, 6 a.m. the British barrage started and the assaulting battalions went forward. The 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry did succeed in reaching their objective, with the 1st East Surreys in support. The Devons on the right passed the German strongpoint at Polderhoek Chateau Wood but failed to eliminate the strongpoint itself. The Germans in the Polderhoek Chateau started firing into the backs of the advancing Devons, which forced them to retreat. MG fire from the Polderhoek Chateau was also sweeping the slopes of the ridge, isolating those who had reached the crest. The Germans who had initially been pulling back were now able to launch an effective counterattack. They managed to regain the ridge, which had been won by the British. The German counterattack dislodged the 1st Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.
In the confusion following to the German counterattack the 1st East Surreys got mingled with the Cornwalls and some units from the 21st Division. The 1st East Surreys had suffered heavily from the German barrage in wake of the German counterattack and from the MG fire out of Polderhoek Chateau. When the night fell the frontline was found to run through Cameron Covert and just West of the Polderhoek Chateau Wood. North of the Reutelbeek it was held by groups of Cornwalls and a few Surreys, with the remainder of the Surreys still in support near Cameron House.
We believe Private Farley Frank fell in the assault on the Polderhoek Ridge in the area between Cameron Covert and Polderhoek Chateau.

Sources 5

"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 97-98.
Sources utilisées
Ancestry
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/
Autre référence
CWGC
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1631579/FARLEY,%20FRANK
Sources utilisées
The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Autre référence
War Diary 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment
http://www.nmarchive.com
Sources utilisées