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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Frank Bale

Died 11th August 1917, aged 34
Ypres, Belgium

Born in Quorn in 1883 and baptised in the Parish Church, Frank was the son of George and Ann Bale (née Turlington). The family lived at 15 Freehold Street and Frank was one of eight children, although four died in infancy. His father George was a gardener and groom, and died two years before Frank in May 1915.

When Frank was killed, his mother was living at Rookery Cottage on Meynell Road. This is now number 38 and one of the row of four small cottages on the left-hand side. It would have been almost the last cottage in Quorn as you left the village from that direction.

Frank had been a regular soldier and on 27th September 1917, his death was reported in the Loughborough Monitor:
“Quorn man killed
Gunner Frank Bale RGA [Royal Garrison Artillery], was killed in action on 11th August, after having been three years on the front in active service. His mother, Mrs Bale, of the Rookery Cottage, Quorn, whose younger son he was, has received information of his death from the Major commanding his battery. The officer writes that Bale was killed in the early morning of the 11th August by a shell and adds: ‘He was a popular and hard-working fellow, and he will be sadly missed by all officers and comrades of this battery. All units, in expressing their sincerest sympathy to you in your great loss. Your son was a gallant fellow and died nobly.’ Gunner Bale who was 34 years old, had seen 15 years’ service in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was just about to return home from India, where he had spent eight years in readiness to take his discharge after 12 years’ service, but on war breaking out was mobilised and came to France, where he went in September, 1914. Mrs Bale’s other son is also in the Army and is married, his wife living in Leicester.”

1) A newspaper photograph of Frank Bale.
2) 15 Freehold Street where Frank grew up. It looks very different today, rendered and painted white.

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Please email us at: team2022@quornmuseum.com
 Submitted on: 2020-01-13
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2339
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