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Surname: HIGHAM

Forename(s): Frank

Place of Birth: Wetherby, Yorkshire

Service No: 242388

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-04-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. D. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CRACOE, YORKSHIRE


Additional Information:

Frank Higham (baptized at Wetherby, St James, 30 September 1896) was the son of John and Annie Elizabeth Higham, née Clarke. John was born at Howick, Lancashire and Annie at Whitwood, Yorkshire.

1901 Oulton, Yorkshire Census: Fairer Lane - Frank Higham, aged 4 years, born Wetherby, Yorkshire, son of John and Annie E. Higham.

1911 Horbury, Yorkshire Census: 7, Elm Place - Frank Higham, aged 14 years, born Wetherby, Yorkshire, son of John Higham, widower.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte F. Higham [Hickman crossed out and replaced with Higham], 11062, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: 2B - Balkans. Date of entry therein: 7.7.15. [This card is only for the re-issue of the 1914-15 Star because of wrong surname.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Frank Higham, 242388, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Frank Higham, 242388, 8th W. Rid. R. D. of W. 23.4.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Lce Cpl Frank Higham, 242388, 6700, 1/5th Bn W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 23.4.17. Died of Wounds. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father and sole legatee - John. £28 4s. 5d.

That Pte Frank Higham (242388) and Pte F. Higham (11062) is the same soldier was confirmed by Keith Sampson (see ‘Comment on this Soldier Record’ below). Frank would have been transferred to the 1/5th Battalion when he was sent to France after recovering from the wound he had received at Gallipoli (see 'Craven Herald' articles).

A short biography of Frank is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HIGHAM

Forename(s): Frank

Born: Wetherby, Yorks


Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 242388

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion


Died Date: 23/04/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HIGHAM

Forename(s): F

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 242388

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/5th Bn.



Died Date: 23/04/1917

Additional Information:



View Craven Herald Articles

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

01 October 1915



11062 Pte. F. Higham, 8th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 14 Ward 2, Wharncliffe War Hospital Sheffield, writing on Sunday, September 26th, to the editor of the ‘Craven Herald,’ states:–

“As a regular reader of the ‘Craven Herald,’ and whilst out on the Gallipoli Peninsula reading your narratives in the paper, it occurred to me that you might be interested in the experiences of the 8th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in the Dardanelles Campaign. I was, by the way, wounded on September 3rd, and invalided to England from hospital in Malta.

The 8th Duke’s embarked on the ‘Aquitania’ for the Dardanelles on Saturday, July 3rd, and disembarked on Saturday, July 10th, and landed on a Greek island – Lemnos Island – near the mouth of the Straits. On August 7th the battalion left to force a new landing. The 11th Division, in which they were placed, formed part of the 9th Army Corps, forced the landing about Anafarta of Suvla Bay, and made a successful venture, but the price was heavy as the casualty list has shown.

On August 21st a general advance took place – and then opened a most ferocious and sustained battle lasting three days and three nights amidst blood-stained hills 900 feet above the sea. Corpses littered the ground in every direction – the dying and the wounded, the dead and the maimed, were the awful sights that met the eye from all sides.

The object was the capture by the 11th Division of the Turks’ advanced trench. The 8th Duke’s again sustained heavy losses. The majority of the fighting took part in the open. But for the terrible nature of the surrounding country, the rough ground, hills and hillocks, gullies and ravines, the Straits as far as the land campaign is concerned would have been forced by this time. But the terrible rugged country is all against our gallant men, who, times without number, made the Turks pay with compound interest for heavy losses.

Our casualties were heavy, but the enemy’s were terrible. The fighting took place amidst the almost tropical heat of the Dardanelles in August – all the more credit to our men, who stood it so well, with odds against them.”

07 January 1916


Miss Ashton, of Cockerham Farm, Thorpe, has received acknowledgments of parcels sent to soldiers serving at the front, the gifts having been subscribed for by friends in the district…

Pte Frank Higham, of the 11th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, Brocton Camp, nr. Stafford, says:–

“Thank you for the parcel I received this morning. I am going on very well. My wounds are nearly better, but I am still attending hospital and am classed as ‘temporarily unfit.’ It is thirteen weeks since I was wounded and left the Gallipoli Peninsula.”


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    One Response to Frank HIGHAM

    1. Keith Sampson November 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

      I can confirm that the both numbers were for the same Frank Higham as I have his 1915 star with 11062 engraved on it and the BWM/Victory having 242388.
      Also his medical card on Forces War Records gives a bit of detail about his wounding on 03 Sep.1915; Admitted aged 20 to 149th FA 3/9/15 Bullet wound left thigh, with 8th Bn. WRR, to 26th Clearing Hospital.

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