Frank Warrington, Private 243711, 11th Battn, Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 16th June 1917 in Belgium, aged 35
Frank Warrington was born in Macclesfield, the son of Louisa and William Warrington, a cattle dealer of 107 Mill Lane, Macclesfield. Frank and his sister Bertha were baptised together at St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield on 29 October 1882.
By 1891 the family had moved to Danes Moss, and nine-year-old Frank was living there with his parents and siblings Fred (16), Bertha (14), Eleanor (11), John (7), May (5) and Emma (2). Ten years later the family had moved back to Macclesfield, living at 10 Mill Lane, and also included Florrie, aged 9, and Frank’s widowed paternal grandfather, William Warrington, a retired cattle dealer, aged 76.
Frank was educated at St George’s School and was a member of the Young Men’s Class at St Paul’s Church. After leaving school he served an apprenticeship in butchery with the Macclesfield Equitable Provident Society and was subsequently manager of the society’s retail butchery shop in Bollington for some years, before going into business on his own at 81 Buxton Road, Macclesfield. In 1903 Frank married Annie Royle, of Bollington (born Wigan) at St John’s Church, Bollington, and two years later their son, Eric, was born. The 1911 census records the family living at 56 Black Road, Macclesfield and they attended services at St Paul’s Church.
War service intervened and Frank was conscripted into the Army in January 1917.
Frank’s death was reported in The Times & East Cheshire Observer of 29 June 1917 and The Macclesfield Courier & Herald of 30 June 1917.
Private Frank Warrington is buried in Grave Ref. II. D. 35. in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Warrington, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Note there were two men named Frank Warrington in the Macclesfield area at the time of the Great War; the other Frank Warrington lived in Sutton and Prestbury, attended Macclesfield Grammar School and was killed in action 17th October 1917.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers: St John’s Church, Bollington
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Advertiser: 29 June 1917
Macclesfield Times: 29 June 1917
Macclesfield Courier: 30 June 1917
Research by Peter Ramsden.