Frank Halkon

royal garrison artillery badgeGunner, 104490, 9th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died of illness, 7th November 1918, aged 23

Born at Garthorpe in May 1895, the brother of Harry, Frank was the third son of the eight children of George and Ann Elizabeth Halkon (nee Maw). His mother was born at Crowle, his father at Luddington

The family’s first six children, including Frank and Harry were all born in Garthorpe where his father was a farmer in Pig Street (Island Road). However around 1900 the family had moved to Sandtoft Grange then later in the 1900’s to Dykesmarsh Farm, Moorends. Where he enlisted Frank worked as a cowman on the family farm.

Frrank attested for the army at Thorne on 11th December 1915, following which he was placed on Army Reserve. Mobilised on 17th July 1916 he was posted to No 4 Royal Garrison Artillery Depot at Great Yarmouth, arriving there on 21st July 1916.

Posted out to France on 12th February 1918 he joined 76th Siege Battery, RGA there on 2nd March. On 10th June he was posted from the Siege Battery to No 17 Mobile Ordnance Workshop, who task it was to keep the guns and other machinery in good repair. It was certainly not without it’s dangers as on 7th July, Frank was taken to the Royal Army Medical Corps, 96th Field Ambulance with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. The gunshot wound was not serious as after a short stay in No 22 General Hospital, he reported to the Reinforcement Base at Rouen on 3rd August. From where on 19th August he was posted to 9th Siege Battery, RGA.

On 14th June 1918 he was taken ill with an unspecified illness, but again it was not serious as he was back with his unit two weeks later following a stay at an Army Rest Camp. There are no details of the next illness on Frank’s Service Record. The record only noting that on 7th November 1918, Frank Holkon died of influenza in No 9 General Hospital, Rouen. He is buried in Saint Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.

Not on the Garthorpe Roll of Honour Frank is commemorated on Thorne War Memorial.