Frank Charles Currington.

Photo of the soldiers grave in the Church Yard, Offord Darcy, Cambridgeshire.

 

  

His parents tomb stone mention him, his father died aged 89 on 1/1/1941 and his mother aged 67 on 18/6/1924. He died in 1/1st HCB.

F. C. Currington - served in the H C B as Pte 584 in both the 1/1st and 2/1st ( Reserve) Battalions.

He was born in Offord Darcy around 1897 and when he enlisted on the 9/10/1914 at Battalion H. Q. , St. Mary's Street, Huntingdon he was sent to the 2/1st Battalion.  He gave his address as Manor Farm, Offord Darcy, Huntingdonshire and named his parents as David and Louisa of Offord Darcy.  Records indicate that he also served in the 1/1st Battalion.

Records of the Battalion indicate that he was issued with rifle number 406, with a bolt numbered 1479878 .

Records indicate that he had volunteered for active service in December 1914 and that he was one of a large number of men from the Reserve Bat. who volunteered for active service. They marched through Huntingdon behind their band on the Saturday (before 23 December 1914), and departed from the station in additional coaches that were attached to the 10.06 train. No destination was given for the train or the men of the Reserve Battalion.

It was at this time, when he was in France, he was posted into the 1st Bat. Royal Berkshire Regiment with a new army number of 39215 -where he still was listed as a private. He was also noted as being in the Depot section of this Regiment.

Ref. 5/28 states that he was in 1.0 Batt. H.C.B. he was 21 years of age when he died of exposure. He was the son of David and Louisa Currington. He was also stated as being in the 1st. Battalion. 

The notebook of his Sergeant, Sidney Woods, indicates that he was one of 15 men in No. 5 and 6 section of No. 6 platoon. The notebook also gives us the following information about this man. He was listed as Single. He had been vaccinated and inoculated with the rest of the men in his platoon. He was a cycle artificer. He was given a full set of equipment that included, pouch right and left, 100 rounds of ammunition, back pack, strap support, braces, cape straps, 2 boots, 3 blankets, waterproof sheet, bolster, paliase, field dressing, identity disc, mess tins, haversack, cycle, whistle and waist belt. The notebook also indicates that he joined the imperial force for a period of 4 years.  

Died of Wounds Received -  23/11/1916 = 1st Bat. Royal Berkshire Regiment, but is seen here wearing the H.C.B. cap badge and the Imperial service badge over his right breast pocket, which indicates that he had volunteered to serve overseas.

From a local paper dated 24/11/1916 - Pte. Frank Currington (Cyclist Battalion), of Offord Darcy, is lying at Salisbury Hospital seriously ill suffering from exposure and frost bite, and is still unconscious. He has been visited by his mother and father. - Later - We learn with much regret that Pte Carrington has succumbed.

From a local paper dated 1/12/1916 - Pte. Frank Currington, Cyclist Battalion, of Offord, has died in hospital at Salisbury.
He had been suffering from exposure and frost bite.

From a local paper dated 2/12/16. Private Frank Currington, Cyclist Battalion of Offord, died in hospital at Salisbury. He had had been suffering from exposure and frostbite.

From a local paper dated 24/11/1916 - Pte. Frank Currington (Cyclist Battalion), of Offord Darcy, is lying at Salisbury Hospital seriously ill suffering from exposure and frost bite, and is still unconscious. He has been visited by his mother and father. - Later - We learn with much regret that Pte Carrington has succumbed.

From a local paper dated 1/12/1916 - Pte. Frank Currington, Cyclist Battalion, of Offord, has died in hospital at Salisbury. He had been suffering from exposure and frost bite.

The Hospital in Salisbury during W.W.I.   

Photos courtesy of his family.

"We will remember them all"

 

Many thanks to Herbert Norris, who is carrying out research on the Offord Darcy Roll of Honour, for additional information on the family and background details on this soldier.


Frank Charles Currington, 1st. Batt. Hunts. Cyclists. Wounded, Died from exposure.
Private 39251, 1st. Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment formerly (584), Huntingdon Cyclist Battalion
who died age 21 on 23 November 1916. Buried:

Frank was born in 1895, his birth being recorded in the June quarter 1895 ref - St.Neots 3b, 314. He was the son of David and Louisa Currington [nee Stocker], of Manor Farm, Offord D'Arcy, Huntingdonshire.
His father, David Currington, married Louisa Stocker in 1886, the marriage being registered in the September quarter of 1886 - ref St.Neots 3b, 516.

Frank was buried in Offord D'Arcy, St. Peter, Churchyard. Huntingdonshire on the 27th November1916. Extracts from the Offord Darcy burial records 'Frank died at the Infirmary Salisbury, from wounds and exposure, November 1915'
His mother was also buried in the same cemetery on May 21st. 1924.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith