Oldfield, Frank

Frank Oldfield, Gunner 77354, 284th Siege Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in action 26th September 1917 in Belgium, aged 22

 

EARLY LIFE

 

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WW1 SERVICE

Frank’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 October 1917:

DIED AT HIS GUN – A MACCLESFIELD ARTILLERYMAN

Gunner Frank Oldfield, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Mr and Mrs Oldfield, of Wyke, near Bradford, and formerly of Newtown, Macclesfield, fell in action… on September 26th. The news was contained in… [a] letter from the Major: “… We have had a very heavy time just lately, and your son was killed instantaneously by a shell which fell in the position that he could have suffered no pain. He died at his gun…”

Gunner Oldfield claimed Macclesfield as his birthplace and was educated at Newtown day school. He was twenty-two years of age and left the town with his parents over ten years ago. Mr Oldfield, his father, was at one time engaged as a dresser at Messrs Thomas Crew and Sons, Vincent Street, Macclesfield.

 

COMMEMORATION

Gunner Frank Oldfield is buried in Grave Ref.  VII. C. 15. of The Huts Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Gunner Frank Oldfield, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Gunner Frank Oldfield is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials.

Elsewhere, he is named on the war memorial at St Mary’s Church, Wyke, near Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times:
26 October 1917


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