Hull Pals Memorial Post. PRIVATE FRANK BRAITHWAITE 225415. Born in 1898, Frank was the seventh of ten children to George and Susannah Braithwaite of 7 Butcher Row, Beverley. Enlisting in his hometown he was sent to the 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Hull Pals, in the trenches of the Western Front. He was killed in action on 8th September 1918 as the battalion looked to attack German positions around Soyer Farm in the small hours of the morning. Counter-attacked in temporary positions, their left flank was turned leaving D Company exposed to murderous fire before the position was consolidated and their enemy driven back. It was at a huge cost to the young men waiting to go on the offensive and do their part in ending the war, and a tragic loss so close to the Armistice. Not that they knew the end was in sight, only we have the benefit of hindsight. Frank is buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, he was 20 years old.
Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France
7 BUTCHER ROW, BEVERLEY, EAST RIDING, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom