Frank Arrand

Private 40530, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, (previously 30777 Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers and 26473 King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry), killed in action, 31st July 1917, aged 21

Born at Eastoft in 1896, Frank was the youngest of the six children of Gillott and Mary Jane Arrand (nee Burtwistle). His father was a blacksmith from Belton and his mother from Adlingfleet. In 1901 the family were living in Adlingfleet but soon after moved to take up residence at Styrrup, near Tickhill, Nottinghamshire where Gillott died in 1906.

Mrs Arrand had moved away from Tickhill by 1917 as in the Worksop Guardian’s report of Frank’s death, she is described as being ‘late of Styrrup’. Most of her family still lived in the local area, including a sister Alice who lived with her husband, Elmer Arrand (a cousin of Gillott) and their family in Crowle, it seems likely she returned here too. Mary’s death was recorded at Goole in 1919.

Prior to enlistment Frank worked at Rossington Colliery. He enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Doncaster post 1915 and shortly afterwards was transferred to the 8th (Service) Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers at that time in Mesopotamia (Iraq).
In December 1916 Frank was injured when the 8th Royal Welch began operations to recapture the Turkish held town of Kut el Amara and evacuated back to Britain for recuperation. Following his recupperation he was transferred once again, this time to the South Wales Borderers, serving in on the Western Front.

On 31st July 1917, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchedale), Frank was with a working party engaged in road making, when a shell burst among them. Frank Arrand was killed instantaneously.

Frank has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
He is not remembered on any local memorial but is commemorated on the Haworth, Nottinghamshire, War Memorial.