RIFLEMAN 330603 1st/8th HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT
DIED 09 SEPT 1917 AGED 22 YRS.
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE)
WAR CEMETERY. GRAVE REF XX1.U.13
Frank was born in Flackwell Heath Buckinghamshire in 1895. He was the son of John & Louise Baldwin. His father was born in Flackwell Heath and his mother in Watlington, Oxfordshire.
The 1901 Census shows the family living in Flackwell Heath and John is a labourer. William is the oldest son aged 7yrs, Frank is aged 5yrs and Arthur is the youngest aged 2yrs.The children are all born at Flackwell Heath.
Sadly Arthur must have died between 1901 and the next Census of 1911 as the information given shows that three children were born and one has died. William James is now 17yrs old and Frank is 16yrs old. They are both employed as “paper layer..blotting”.
Frank enlisted at Newport on the Isle of Wight.
In 1914 Baghdad was the headquarters of the Turkish Army in Mesopotamia. It was the ultimate objective of the Indian Expeditionary Force “D”. The city fell in March 1917 and by the end of April it had become the Expeditionary Force’s advanced base with 2 stationary hospitals and 3 casualty clearing stations. The Northern Gate cemetery was begun in April 1917. Throughout the Autumn of 1917 the British forces closed in on the Turks. As well as enemy fire, the men had to survive extreme heat, flies and mosquitoes. Disease was rife and many men died as a result of the conditions
Frank’s Medal Index Card records previous service no 2056.
Frank is remembered on the 7 Portland panels in the Newport Drill Hall on the I.O.W as well as on the memorials in Carisbrooke Castle, in the chapel of St Nicholas. The I.O.W is very proud of this regiment in which several Bucks lads served.