Meredith, Frank

Frank Meredith, Private 2158, D Coy 5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 24th April 1915 in Belgium, aged 20


EARLY LIFE

Frank Meredith was baptised at St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield on 25th November 1894, the son of Elizabeth and William Meredith, a circular sawyer, of 112 Vincent Street.

By 1901 the family had moved a short distance along the road to 102 Vincent Street and Frank was living with his parents and siblings Sarah (19), William (12), Lilian (10), Fred (4) and baby Harriett, 9 months old. Ten years later the family had moved again, this time to 42 Buckley Street, Macclesfield, and Frank was working as a ‘silk bagman’ – a travelling salesman, working for a silk broker. Of the twelve children born to Frank’s parents, seven had died.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Frank attested at Macclesfield and after his initial training was drafted to France on 14th February 1915. The 5th Battalion formed part of the 14th brigade which progressed into Flanders and, along with the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Cheshire Regiment, were engaged in hostilities, firstly at Gravenstafel, and then at Hill 60 and the second battle of Ypres, from 17th April to 25th May 1915. Frank was killed in action on 24th April 1915.

 

COMMEMORATION
Private Frank Meredith is buried in grave ref. I. F. 4. in Spoilbank Cemetery in Belgium. His mother requested that a cross and the following inscription should be added to his headstone:

“REST IN THE LORD”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Meredith, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Frank Meredith is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s ChurchSt John’s Church and Park Street Methodist Chapel memorials.

Frank Meredith Silk Bookmark2 webA silk bookmark in memory of Frank, printed with details of his death and with his photo affixed, has been discovered. No doubt many more of these were made, using locally-produced silk, in remembrance of those who died. Many thanks to Steve and to the owner of the bookmark for allowing us to use the photo.

The bookmark reads:

In Loving Memory
of
PRIVATE
FRANK MEREDITH
No 2158
D Comp., 5th Cheshire Regt.
The Dearly Beloved Son of WILLIAM
and ELIZABETH MEREDITH.
Aged 20 Years;
Who was Killed in Action on
Hill 60, France,
April 24th 1915,
whilst serving with the
British Expeditionary Force
in the great European War against Germany and Austria.

Dear is the spot where our loved one is laid,
Dear is his memory, it will never fade;
Roses may wither, leaves cease to be,
Others may forget him, but never can we.
From Loving FATHER and MOTHER

42 Buckley Street,
                Macclesfield


Comments

Meredith, Frank — 5 Comments

  1. Hi, looking theough some old silk bookmarks i have come across a silk bookmark for the death of frank meredith with a small photo on it, if you are interested i will scan the image.

    Kind regards

    Steve owen

    • Hi Steve, Frank Meredith is actually my Great, Great , Great uncle and my Nan also has one of these bookmarks still passed down the family to her, We are wondering if you are any relation to him yourself?.

      Luke Bright (Wolverhampton)

      • Hi luke, im not personally related to him and this was with a load of items from a friend who said this was in her relations things when he died so im not sure how this ended up in leek but we are only 10 miles from macclesfield so i don’t know but thanks for the comment, im just glad you have seen this!

        steve owen.

        • Ok cheers for the reply, We have recently started looking in to our ancestry and discovered we had quite a big family in Macclesfield, Hoping there may still be some there.

  2. Hello Steve, we would love a scan or photograph of the complete bookmark to share on the website.
    Many thanks for the offer. Will email you.

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