FRANK CHATTERSON

 

Born: 28th December 1896, Tollesbury, Essex.

Died: 25th August 1918; age 21; wounded, missing & assumed KiA. Served 19 months with the Suffolk Regiment and 1 year and 215 days with Hawke Battalion.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: a Clerk.

First Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date: 12th December 1915; age: 19; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 5 1/4ins. Signed up for the Duration of the War.

 

Service:

12th November 1915 – 14th June 1917.

Frank was admitted to the Reception Hospital, Wickham Market, Suffolk with a fractured clavicle – 30th March 1917 – 30th March 1917.

Transferred to the Ranelagh Road Military Hospital, Ipswich – 31st March 1917 – 5th April 1917.

Transferred to the Military Hospital, Colchester, Essex – 5th April 1917, with a dislocated outer end of clavicle – discharged to Unit – 1st May 1917.

Enquiry into the incident that happened on the 30th March 1917, at Saxmundham, Suffolk. Frank was on the hill past the Blacksmith Shop, 1/2 mile N.W. of Yoxford. He was returning to Peasenhall, Suffolk, his station by a regiment cycle. He had taken a pass to Sergeant P. Barker, who was stationed at Yoxford.

There was no evidence as to whether Frank was to blame.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 265422

Regiment: 1st/6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

Formerly 2418, Suffolk Regiment.

 

Service:

Transferred to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves for the Royal Naval Division – 15th June 1917.

Promoted to Able Seaman – 16th June 1917.

Draft for B.E.F. 4th July 1917 at Blandford.

Embarked Folkstone 5th July 1917 – disembarked Boulogne – 6th July 1917.

Joined 13th Corps D.T. Depot – 29th July 1917.

Joined ‘Hawke’ Battalion 28th August 1917.

Admitted to the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Outreau – 3rd November 1917 – Shell Wound and Gassed. Next of Kin informed.

Invalided to the UK on the Hospital Ship ‘Princess Elizabeth’ – 6th November 1917 and admitted to the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich.

Furlough – 2nd – 11th January 1918 – Class II.

2nd Reserve Battalion – 18th April 1918.

Drafted from the 2nd Battalion, Aldershot, to Hawke Battalion – B.E.F.

Joined Hawke Battalion – 27th May 1918.

Wounded 4th June 1918 – Shrapnel Wound – Right Hand. Next of Kin informed.

Rejoined Unit – 8th June 1918.

Missing 25th August 1918 – Next of Kin informed.

28th March 1918 – No News. Next of Kin informed – Presumed Killed in Action. Buried Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension, 5 miles East of Bapaume – Next of Kin informed 25th February 1920.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: R/3102

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves, ‘Hawke’ Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

III.C.16.

Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs Elijah Chatterson, ‘Dolphin Villa’, West Street, Tollesbury, Essex.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   West Street, Tollesbury, Essex.

 

Frank was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Elijah Chatterson, 38, an Oyster Fisherman, born Tollesbury, Essex.

Maria Chatterson (nee Banyard), 37, born Tollesbury.

(Bessie) Elizabeth Maria Chatterson, 8, born Tollesbury.

William Henry Chatterson, 6, born Tollesbury.

Horace George B. Chatterson, 1, born Tollesbury.

Reginald Arthur Chatterson, 6 months, born Tollesbury.

1 general domestic servant.

 

1911   West Street, Tollesbury, Essex.

 

Frank was 14 years old, he was aattending School & a part time Errand Boy – Bootmakers. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Elijah, 48, an Oyster Merchant – employer.

Maria, 47.

William, 15, a Grocer’s Boy – Grocer.

Horace, 11.

Arthur, 10.

 

On the 10th February 1911, at Tollesbury, Frank performed in a play “The Fairy Gifts,” by Comte Anne Claude de Caylus, as part of a concert in the Institute, by the members of the Congregational Sunday School. The proceeds were for the Sunday School Treat Fund.

 

Frank is also remembered on the war memorial at the Mersea Museum, Essex and at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.

 

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves, ‘Hawke’ Battalion:http://www.1914-1918.net/63div.htm

 

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