Oldfield, Frank

Frank Oldfield, Private 202423, 1/4th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 13th December 1917 in Palestine, aged 29

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Benjamin and Mary Ellen Oldfield, of Kerridge, Bollington, Cheshire; husband of Amelia Oldfield, of 19 Mills Croft, Bank St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Frank’s death was announced in the Macclesfield Times on 4 January 1918:

KILLED IN EGYPT – LOSS TO ST PETER’S SCHOOL

Official notification reached Mrs Oldfield, 18 Tabor St, Macclesfield on Wednesday that her husband, Pte Frank Oldfield, Ches Regt, was killed in Egypt on December 13th. Pte Oldfield was a native of Bollington and 29 years of age. He came to reside in Macclesfield as a boy and had been employed as a doubler at the Adelphi Mill, Bollington, since leaving school. Pte Oldfield was connected with St Peter’s Sunday School and enlisted in November, 1914. The deceased soldier was drafted out to France in January 1915 and was wounded the following May, being invalided home to England. He underwent treatment in hospital at Folkestone and upon recovery was sent out to Egypt, where he had been nearly two years. Pte Oldfield took part in both battles of Gaza and in the fighting for Jerusalem. His brother, Pte Charles Oldfield, is serving in France in the Cheshires, and a brother of Mrs Oldfield, Pte Harry Wynne, Ches Regt, is at Gibraltar. A portrait of Pte F Oldfield will appear next week.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Frank Oldfield is buried in Grave Ref. R. 67. in Jerusalem War Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Oldfield, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

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

 

NOTES

Brother of Private Charles Oldfield, who served in France with the Cheshire Regiment; and brother-in-law of Private Harry Wynne, who served in Gibraltar with the Cheshire Regiment.

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 
4 and 11 January 1918


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