3rd September 1918

Private Frank Bryan died on 3rd September 1918 whilst serving in France with the 1st Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

He was born on 16th May 1887 although some sources suggest he was born in Oxfordshire, and others indicate he was born in Brailes, Warwickshire. It looks as if his mother, Hannah (sometimes recorded as Annie) married Frank Pratt in 1889.

By 1911, he was a gardener boarding in Dorridge Cottages, Knowle with the family of Alfred Marshall, landscape gardener.

It seems that he enlisted in December 1917. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Roll gives his mother as Hannah, 15 George Road, Hay Mills.

Frank Bryan died as a result of enemy action and is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. He is commemorated in the Soldiers’ Chapel, Knowle.

If you have any further information, please let us know.

Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

tel.: 0121 704 6977
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk

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