1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 16695 Frank Adlington
- Age: 29
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 1st July 1916
- Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
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Born in 1887, Frank was the youngest of eight children born to Thomas Pennington Adlington and his wife Isabella nee Pybis who married in 1869. Thomas died in 1889 and their eldest child, Florence Elizabeth, born in 1872, died in 1898. In 1901 Isabella, a 54 years old widow, lived with her surviving seven children at 8 The Willows, Liverpool, when Frank’s two older brothers were employed as clerks with a provision merchant and a shipping company. By 1911, Isabella, still at the same address, lived with five of her children, including Frank who was a shipping clerk.
Frank enlisted in Liverpool on 2nd September 1914, giving his age as 27 years 103 days, his occupation as clerk and his next of kin initially as his mother and later as his wife, Ellen nee Jameson of 14 Prescot Road, Knotty Ash, whom he married on 29th September 1915 at Liverpool Registry Office.
He went to France on 6th November 1915, just five weeks after his marriage, and on 1st July 1916 took part in the opening attacks of the Battle of the Somme and was killed in action. He is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
In a letter to the Home Office, his wife explained how prior to their marriage Frank’s separation money was paid at his request to his mother and how, despite their marriage, Ellen
“left it to his mother...thinking I would see him again...I think I stood in my own light not to take the separation money when he asked me but I thought I should leave it as he left it till he should return to me”.
Ellen was awarded a pension of 10 shillings a week from 22nd January 1917.