Frank Booth 3 January 1918

Frank Booth of Grafton was the first Oundelian to die in 1918 – on 3rd January. He was actually the eighth son of a family from Crewe in Cheshire but the only one who came to Oundle, where he was a member of the XV and scored quite a number of tries.

He was in Grafton for two years from 1915-17 and went off to join the Naval Air Service. On 3rd January 1918, he was shot down, badly wounded behind German lines, north of Arras in France and died the same evening, officially as a Prisoner of War.

He was one of the youngest Oundelian casualties of the war, dying at the age of 18 years and 8 months.

Buried by the Germans, his body was exhumed after the war and re-buried at the Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery in Souchez, alongside fellow Oundelians Arthur Railton and George Fenchelle.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow