Frank Wadsworth, L/Cpl 202346, 2nd/5th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France, aged 36
Frank Wadsworth was born in Congleton in 1882, the son of Emma or Emily (nee McCready) and Frederick Wadsworth. In 1891, nine year old Frank was living at 43 Oliver St, Openshaw, Manchester, with his parents and siblings Lotty McCready (11) and Emily (3).
By 1901 Frank’s mother had died and the family had moved to 5 Eastgate, Macclesfield; later that year, on 17 November 1901, Frank’s father was married to Elizabeth Mann at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield. The couple later moved to 10 Preston St, Macclesfield.
On 22 December 1906, Frank married Margaret Massey at St George’s Church, Charlestown, Salford, and the couple set up home in Salford. Although Frank had been working as a painter when he got married, by 1911 he had found employment as an electric crane driver at a timber yard. At that time Frank and Margaret were living at 24 Rosa Street, Pendleton, Salford, and had two children: Frederick (2) and William (7 months).
Frank was living in Seedley, Manchester when he enlisted in Manchester, joining the Manchester Regiment.
L/Cpl Frank Wadsworth is commemorated on Panel Ref. 64 to 67 of the Pozieres Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for L/Cpl Frank Wadsworth, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers (Find My Past): St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield
Manchester Parish Marriage Registers (Ancestry): St George’s Church, Charlestown, Salford
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website