Gunner Frank Bushell
W/939 Royal Field Artillery
Killed in Action 28th May 1918,
in France, aged 24
Lived at 49 Accrington Rd.
Buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery No. 2 France
Burnley Express 8th June 1918

 

Frank had been engaged as a clerk at the Royal Artillery divisional headquarters for about 15 months, prior to which he had seen active service in many areas including the Somme. Captain Greystone wrote stating that he had sustained severe head wounds which were caused by a German aeroplane dropping a large bomb on his office, he was immediately rendered unconscious and never recovered. Prior to enlisting he was an accountant for Mr. T. Watson of Richard Watson & Sons, chartered accountants on Hargreaves Street.A single man, he was connected with Holy Trinity Choir and had attended Sandygate School and Altons commercial school. He now lies within a few hundred yards of his brother Ernest under a stone with the following epitaph :

Thine for ever
Oh how blest
They who find in thee
Their rest.

His parents received a postcard from Frank after they had received official notification that he had been killed but it transpired that he had written the card a few hours before his death

HOLY TRINITY SEXTON’S DOUBLE LOSS (Burnley Express 8th June 1918)

News has been received that gunner Frank Bushell of the Royal Artillery, whose parents reside at 49 Accrington-road, Burnley, was killed just before midnight
on May 28th. Since official news of his death was received a postcard from him has been received, but as it is dated May 28th it was evidently written some hours before his death occurred. Much sympathy is felt with the family, especially in view of the fact that recently Pte. Ernest Bushell, the deceased’s eldest brother, died of wounds in France, a fact which we announced in May.

 

 

 

 

 

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