1st/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
Killed in action at Passchendale aged 27, during the Third Battle of Ypres whilst taking part in the Attack by the 50th Division on the Houthulst Forest on Friday 26th October 1917.
From the War Diary of C.O. of the 4th Northumberland Fusiliers
'Punctually at 5.40 a.m. the creeping barrage fell. It was to move forward at the rate of one hundred yards in eight minutes. Had the "going" been good, the slow "creep" would hardly have restrained the troops, who lay close up under the barrage waiting for the first "lift"; so close indeed that several casualties were suffered. But at the first "lift" of the guns the attackers rose to their feet and advanced. The rain had, however, done its deadly work, for all the gallant fellows could do was to drag themselves along through the thick clinging mud and water at a much slower pace than the barrage, which soon got ahead. Then from "pill-box" and shell hole a murderous fire was poured upon them. Many fell dead; some of the wounded fell into the gaping holes of water and were drowned; fortunate were those who escaped, but on went the survivors'.
Frank was not one of the 'survivors' and has no known grave but is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial which is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.
Born in Belper enlisted in Derby Frank was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Sims, a Coal Hewer of Marsh Lane, Belper and the husband of Julia Hannah Sims (nee Peat), of 40, Long Row, Belper.
Before the war Frank worked at the Denby Pottery and was a member of the Congregational Church.
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