Needham, Frank

Frank Needham, Private 71895, 8th Coy, Machine Gun Corps
Died 12th March 1917 in Pas de Calais, France, aged 28


Son of John Thomas Needham and Elizabeth Needham, of Bollington, Macclesfield; husband of Lily Needham, of 18, Higher Fence Rd., Hurdsfield, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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Formerly 2025, Cheshire Regt.

His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 31 March 1917:


Mrs Needham, Mason’s Lane, Macclesfield has received a sympathetic letter from Second Lieut. R. Allen, Machine Gun Corps, respecting the death of her husband, Private Frank Needham, Cheshire Regt., who, as reported in our last issue, was killed in action on the 12th inst. Lieut. Allen writes:- “It is with the deepest regret that  I have to inform you of the death of your husband. During the short period he had been with the Machine Gun Company he had become well-liked by both officers and men on account of his fearlessness and devotion to duty while in the trenches, because of his thought for others, and his Christian life under all circumstances. His death was therefore greatly felt by the Company, and in losing him we know that we have lost a good man… he was killed instantaneously and was buried shortly after by his comrades in a soldiers’ cemetery near by, a Church of England chaplain officiating.”  Mrs Needham has also received a letter from Private W A Littler, the text of which we quoted last week.

Private Needham was 28 years of age and a native of Bollington, where his parents reside. He was educated at the Church School, and before enlistment was employed as a cotton doubler at the Waterhouse Mill. He was married five years ago and leaves a widow and one son. Mrs Needham’s father had been in the Army nearly thirty years and fought in the South African campaign. He is now serving in the present was and has a son in India and another in the Navy.



Private Frank Needham is buried in grave ref. II. F. 22. in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. His wife asked for a cross and the words “NOT MY WILL BUT THINE OH LORD” to be engraved on his headstone.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Needham.

In Macclesfield, Private Frank Needham is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church roll of honour. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Bollington (Palmerston St) war memorial.





Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times:
31 March 1917; 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


Needham, Frank — 1 Comment

  1. Hello
    Frank Needham was my Great Uncle.
    He was one of twelve children, his sister Christabelle Elizabeth Needham being my Grandmother.
    When a child they lived on Defiance Street in Bollington, by 1901 he was working as a bobbin turner and was being brought up by his Grandmother Ann Needham and her husband James Lang living on Hope Street, Bollington.
    By 1911 the family had moved to 22 Adlington Road, Bollington and Frank worked as a yarn doubler.
    He married Lily Pownall on 30 September 1911.
    I believe they had a son also called Frank born in 1912.
    Frank was killed in action on 12 March 1917 and Lily paid six shillings and eight pence to have the inscription added to his headstone.
    Lily continued to live at 18 Higher Fence Road with her mother and sisters, by 1939 she was a ‘Charge Hand an a Card Department.’ I think she died still a widow in 1961 without remarrying.