Soldier – Sleaford, Frank – Killed by Bursting Shell (picture)

January 1917

Mexborough and Swinton Times, January 13, 1917

Private Frank Sleaford (K.O.Y.L.I.)

 Mr and Mrs Benjamin Sleaford, Station Villas, Conisborough, have been notified that their son, Private Frank Sleaford (K.O.Y.L.I.), 21 years of age, has been killed in France, through the bursting of a shell.

Private Sleaford enlisted on 7 September 1914, went to France in June 1915, and had not been at home since.

His officer speaks highly of private Sleaford, intimating that he served him faithfully and well as an officer’s servant.

Private Hartley, a Sheffield comrade, also wrote regretting the loss of a dear chum.

Private Sleaford formerly attended Morley Place, Council school. He began work at Mr Wilson’s sawmills and before joining up was employed as a plate layer on the G.C.R..

His cousin, Private Harry Sleaford (Lincoln Regiment) was killed in the Dardanelles in September 1915. Another cousin Private Frank Sleaford is serving in France.

From C.W.G.C.:

Rank: Private
Service No: 13089
Date of Death: 22/12/1916
Regiment/Service: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 7th Bn.

Panel Reference: Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.