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Frank Naysmith Wilcock was born in 1895 in Preston. He was the son of Edwin Harold and Ellen Wilcock (nee Neale).

Edwin Harold Wilcock and Ellen Neale were married on 11 September, 1887 in St. Paul`s Church, Preston. They had four other children namely, Edwin Hindle (1887), Elizabeth (1888), Charles Harold (1890) and Helen (1897).

In the 1911 Census Frank was living at 161 New Hall Lane, Preston with his parents, brother Charles and sisters Elizabeth and Helen.

According to the 1911 Census Frank`s father Edwin was an Assistant Librarian in the `free library`. Frank is recorded as being a Corporation Clerk in the free library. The `free library` referred to would be the Harris Library.

Frank Naysmith Wilcock enlisted at Preston on 7 September, 1914 and he was posted into ‘D Company’ of the 7th Battalion. He was given the service number 13141. His occupation was now an Assistant Librarian at the Harris Library.

His medical inspection report states that he was 5`8” tall, weighed 134lbs and had a 35 inch chest. He had a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. Frank named his father Edwin as his next of kin.

Frank was appointed paid Lance Corporal with the 7th Battalion on 30 January, 1915.

On the 17 July, 1915 Frank sailed from Folkestone to Boulogne with the rest of the 7th Battalion.

The service papers reveal that on 29 December, 1915 Frank was admitted to 59 Field Ambulance with a gunshot wound to his back. However, this must have been a relatively minor wound because by 1 January, 1916 he had re-joined his Battalion.

On the 23 July, 1916 Frank was posted missing in action and then later confirmed as having been killed in action on this date.

The following article appeared in the local paper;


Lance Corporal Frank Naysmith Wilcock received the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

Frank is believed to be buried in Caterpillar Cemetery, Longueval and his name appears on a special memorial there.

Photo by Janet Davis – July 2016

Photo by Janet Davis – July 2016

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 13141
Date of Death: 23/07/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.

Note: There are 3,796 unidentified burials in Caterpillar Cemetery but there are special memorials to 32 casualties who are known or believed to be buried there. (Information courtesy of the excellent CWGC website).

Additional family information: 6773 Private Edwin Hindle Wilcock also enlisted and was in the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Edwin was killed in action on 14 September, 1914 and his name is recorded on the La Ferte-Sous-Jquarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

This soldier was researched and published by Janet Davis

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One Response to 13141 LCPL. F. N. WILCOCK. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Gail Newsham says:

    I have just returned from France after searching for my great Uncle who was also killed on 23 July 1916. I believe he is also in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery but there is no named grave for him. I did see the grave of Lcpl F N Wilcock and have a photograph of his head stone if you would like it to include on the site.


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