King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Stockdale, Frank

Captain ▪ 11th Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Frank Stockdale, born on 19th August 1893, was admitted to King Edward’s School in September 1908. He lived with his parents, Lizzie and John, a solicitor, as well as two of his three sisters, at 215, Horseley Heath, Tipton.

Frank only attended KES for two years, and like so many boys who transferred at an older age, there is little trace of him in the School records. The School Lists reveal only that he was a solid academic, his best subject being Latin. After School, Frank became a solicitor’s articled clerk, probably working for his father.

In 1914, Frank enlisted in the 3rd Birmingham Pals Battalion (16th Royal Warwickshire Regiment), as a Private Soldier. He gained his commission in January 1915, and in January 1916 reached the rank of full Lieutenant. Frank sustained two serious wounds on active service, once soon after his promotion in 1916, on the Somme, and again in July 1917 in Salonika. In January 1917, Frank was mentioned in despatches, and in June he transferred to the 11th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, with whom he sustained his second wound and gained his promotion to Captain. Frank was killed on 19th September 1918, aged 25, in Salonika (now part of Greece), and is buried in Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece. He left his estate of £510 to his father.

A collection of letters that Frank wrote to Kathleen, his much younger sister, survive with his family.

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