Frank Oldfield, Private 291030, 1st/7th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 6th August 1918 in Rouen, France, aged 31
Frank Oldfield was born on 11 January and baptised on 31 March 1887 at Christ Church, Macclesfield, the son of Ellen and William Oldfield, a cotton spinner of 7 Nixon’s Yard, Macclesfield. In 1891, four-year-old Frank was living at 5 Court 2 Derby Street, Macclesfield with his parents and siblings Martha Ann (15), Arthur (11), Alice (10), Maria (7), Polly (also known as Mary, aged 2) and William (3 months).
Frank’s mother died in 1898, and by 1901 the family had moved to 52 Derby Street, where fourteen-year-old Frank was living with his widowed father and siblings Arthur (20), Maria (16), Mary (12) and Harry (5).
On 2 November 1907 Frank married Edith Harrison at St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield. At the time of marriage, Frank was employed as a labourer and Edith was a paper stainer. They both lived in Soho Place, but later moved to 10 Heapy Street.
Frank enlisted into the local 7th Cheshire Regiment in January 1915, originally receiving service number 3437.
On 9 August 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Private Oldfield was wounded and in hospital. The report states that he was in hospital in England but in fact he was in hospital in Rouen, France, where he later died.
This week Mrs Oldfield, 10 Heapy Street, Macclesfield, has been officially notified that her husband, Pte Frank Oldfield, Ches Regt, has been wounded in France. She has also received a letter from her husband, who is now in hospital in England, stating that the wound is in the left temple, and that he is progressing favourably. Pte Oldfield is 31 years of age and enlisted in January 1915. He was drafted to Egypt, and was transferred with the Battalion to France a few weeks ago. He received his education at St George’s Branch School, London Road.
Private Oldfield died of his wounds in No 6 General Hospital, Rouen, on 6 August 1918. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 24 August 1918:
PRIVATE F OLDFIELD, Cheshire Regiment, of 10 Heapy Street, died of wounds in the No 6 General Hospital, France, on the 6th inst. Private Oldfield was 31 years of age and enlisted in January 1915. He was drafted to Egypt and was transferred with the battalion to France a few weeks ago. He was educated at St George’s Branch School, London Road.
Private Frank Oldfield is buried at the St Sever Cemetery Extension, France, in grave ref. Q. III. M. 18. 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.
Note that three local men named Frank Oldfield lost their lives in the war.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Deaths
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (Find My Past): Christ Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects (Ancestry)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Courier: 24 August 1918
Macclesfield Times: 9 August 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)