9774 Private Frank Gamble 2nd Cheshire Regiment: A Short Biography

9774 Private Frank Gamble 2nd Cheshire Regiment: A Short Biography

Born in 1893 in Stockport the son of Thomas Gamble, a Railway worker, and Kate Ashurst, Frank Gamble is described as a Doubling Frame Doffer on the 1911 Census [An individual who loads/unloads bobbins from a Spinning Machine in the Cotton Industry].

Frank enlisted in the Special Reserve of the Cheshire`s in May 1911, transferred to the 2nd  Regiment in January 1912 after 227 days, and was posted to Belfast.

Sent to France in 1915, he was wounded in the leg and head, and eventually arrived at Moss Side where he spent some months suffering from Neurasthenia before being discharged as no longer fit for active service in 1916.

His medal index card shows he was awarded the War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914/15 Star and Silver War Badge. His records also show a pension award of 12 shillings and sixpence – fifty-seven and a half pence in current money.

Frank married Emma Bredbury in 1918 at Heaton Norris parish church and they had one child, Harold born in 1919, and named after Frank`s brother. Harold was still living at 20 Hardman Street with members of the Bredbury family in 1939.

Frank died at the young age of 33 in 1927 and is buried in Willow Grove Cemetery, Reddish, Stockport.

Written by Keith Larkin
Edited by Amy Walling, Manchester Metropolitan University

Headline Image: Exterior of Moss Side Hospital
Image courtesy of Dr Rowlands

Posted on 27 July 2018 under Moss Side Military Hospital

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