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He was the son of John and Elizabeth Pell of 26 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham (CWGC), formerly of 199 Alfreton Road (see obit). John was a newsagent/tobacconist in business at 199 Alfreton Road; his wife, and later his son John, assisted in the business. The family was living at this address at the time of the 1901 census; Frank was 4 years old (b. abt 1896) and his older brother, John Frederick William, was 6. The family was still at the same address in 1911. John and Elizabeth had been married for 20 years and one of their three children had died leaving them with two sons. Frank's brother, John, a Private in the 14th Bn, London Regiment (London Scottish) was killed by an enemy sniper on 31 August 1918, age 23.
Attended All Saints church Raleigh Street where he was confirmed in 1913. He was a staff sergeant in the 10th Nottingham (All Saints) Boys' Brigade. He was employed by Boots the Chemists and at the time he enlisted in 1915 he described his trade as 'printer'.
18 Jul 1916
809200 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Nottingham
15th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
A few pages of his army service record survive. Frank was 19 years 1 month old when he enlisted on 28 April 1915. He was posted the same day and embarked for France the following year on 1 February. He was reported missing on 18 July 1916 and was assumed to have been killed in action by German shellfire while serving in the trenches south-east of Trones Wood. His death was confirmed April 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
All Saints Church magazine, July 1917, War Obituaries: 'Frank Pell: reported missing July 1916, reported killed in action April 1917. Regularly attended All Saints Sunday School, Staff Sergeant on our Company of the Boys Brigade [10th Nottingham BB]. Confirmed 1913.' Nottingham Post obituary (abridged) 28 April 1917: PELL missing July 20th [1916] now reported killed in action, Frank Pell, Sherwood Foresters, age 18, son of John Pell, 199 Alfreton Road. Mother, father, brother.
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