NORTH Frank

Frank NORTH

Frank NORTH

Frank North was killed in action on 21st March 1918, the opening day of German spring offensive (operation Michael). He served in the 10th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) who were holding the front-line east of the Canal Du Nord when the enemy opened their bombardment at 05:00hrs, at 10:00hrs the enemy came over the top. The 10th Battalion were not directly assaulted and held firm however the Lancashire Fusiliers to their immediate right were overrun and withdrew from the front line.

With their right flank exposed and the enemy bombing along the trench towards them, a bombing party was formed and at 13:00hrs they successfully forced out the enemy. The gallant action of the Battalion was in vain and at 03:30hrs on the 6th they evacuated the front line to take up new positions to the west of the canal. The war diary shows that they were involved in heavy fighting for the next few weeks.

Having no known grave Frank is commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL (Bay 4).

Frank was from a family of seven children, his parents were Ben and Susannah and in 1911 they lived at 32 Highgate Road. Frank, the third born, was a worsted spinner. His younger brother Milton died of wounds on 1st October 1915.