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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times, following the death of Frank Farrand
Person Details
Frank was born in 1895 in Retford and was the son of Francis Woodward, a labourer in the local rubber works, and Ann Farrand (nee Watkinson) of 36, West St., Retford, Notts. Francis and Ann had a very large family of ten children, however only six of whom survived until 1919. He had a brother Charles and sisters Annie, Emma, Lily and Florrie. In the 1911 census only Frank was living with his parents at 24 New Street, Retford; he was 14 years of age and following his father's occupation that of a labourer at the local rubber works. All his siblings had left home or were away on the night of the census.
14 Oct 1915
2942191 - CWGC Website
24 New St, Retford
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Frank enlisted at the age of 17 in the Territorial Force on 29th March 1912 on a 4 year engagement and was posted to the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regiment). He was still serving in the Territorials when war broke out and transferring to embodied service he joined his battalion in France on 2nd March 1915. On the 13/14th October 1915 Frank and his battalion took part in the battle for the Hohenzollern Redoubt after which he was posted as missing in action. His body was never recovered and identified and his name is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Pte Frank Farrand Retford Times 24 March 1916 'The above is the reproduction of a photograph of the late Pte Frank Farrand of the 1/8th Batt of the Notts and Derby Regt, second son of Mr and Mrs Frank Farrand, 36 West Street, Retford. The deceased who was in his 20th year had been in the territorials for over four years and before the war was employed by the G.N.E.R. cleaning sheds at Retford. Six months ago the parents received information that their son had been reorted as missing and on Sunday last the sad news was received from the Lichfield Record Office that Frank was killed in action on October 14 1915.'
In the army service record of Frank can be found the following document which describes the court of enquiry held into his disappearance. On the 4th January 1916 by the order of Lt Colonel J E Blackwell commanding officer of the 8th battalion Sherwood Foresters a court of enquiry was held at Molinghem, France relating to the disappearance of Pt 1474 F Farrand of 8th battalion Sherwood Foresters reported missing after the action at Hohenzollern Redoubt 13/14th October 1915 and to see if a satisfactory account for recording an opinion as to whether it is reasonable to suppose the soldier is dead. Sitting on the enquiry were :- Lt A Hacking (President) 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters Lt J A Gray (member) 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters 2 Lt F E Kebblewhite (member) 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters The enquiry heard from 3 witnesses. First witness - No 2713 Corporal Chapman - stated:- " At Hohenzollern Redoubt at about 2pm on October 13th 1915 No 1474 Pte Farrand and I, with other grenadiers were sent back from the Redoubt to fetch bombs. I subsequently saw Pte Farrand coming over the open between our fire trench and the Redoubt carrying bombs. I saw him reach the Redoubt. Pte Farrand again went back to our trench with me and the others for bombs and I saw him leave our trench but saw nothing more of him. He had not been hit when I saw him last. Second witness - No 1215 L/Corp F Husband 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters - stated:- " Sometime in November 1916 I wrote to my mother, who is a friend of Pte Farrand's mother asking whether there was any news of him, and my mother wrote back saying that she was told that Mrs Farrand had received some personal belongings of Pte Farrand from a Scotch soldier who said that he had helped to bury him. Third witness - No 2034 L/Cpl W H Barthorpe 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters - stated: - " On or about December 1915 I was on leave at Retford and a sister of Pte Farrand informed me that her mother had received from a Scotch soldier, the pay book and some photographs of Pte Farrand and he had stated that he had helped bury Pte Farrand. The conclusion of the court having considered the evidence are of the opinion that 1714 Pte F Farrand was killed on or after October 13th 1915.
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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times, following the death of Frank Farrand
    Frank Farrand - This photo was first published in the Retford Times, following the death of Frank Farrand