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C.W.G.C Register of Name And Memorial Index.


C.W.G.C Register of Names And Memorial Index relating to Sergeant Frank James and Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Life Story

Name: Frank James.

Service Number: L/4737.

Rank: Sergeant.

Battalion: 2nd Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment.

Born: 1876, Sandhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

Died: 8th November 1914.

Address: 15 Queensland Street, Belfast


Frank James, son of Henry and Emily James, had lived with his wife Letitia at 15 Queensland Street, Shankill, Belfast


The 1881 English Census has Frank living at 46 Charles Street, South Borough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with his mother, father, occupation, Labourer, and three brothers, Harry, 8 years, Edward, 7 years, and Frederick, 10 months


The Ireland Census 1901 and 1911 respectively have Letitia ling at 8 Queensland Street, Shankill, Belfast and 7 Heather Street, Shankill, Belfast


Frank married Letitia James, Nee Lucas, on the 27th June 1912 within Saint Silas Church, Belfast


Franks Short Service Attestation Papers show that he joined the Royal Sussex Regiment on the 23rd October 1894 in Chichester, having served 119 days within the Militia, for a period of 8 years.

He extended his Service to 12 years on the 27th of September 1901.

On the 29th December 1905 Frank further extended his Service to 21 years while based in Ambala, India.

Frank had been posted to India on the 8th September 1896 and stayed there until the 10th of January 1908 when he returned home.

On the 12th of August 1914 he was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France.

Frank was a Sergeant in 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment when he was Killed In Action in Y