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:
“LOST A GOOD MAN” – TRIBUTE TO FALLEN MACHINE GUNNER
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, St Michael’s Church and Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church war memorials. 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)