1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Francis McGindle

Contributed by: Neil Wilson, on 2008-11-11

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First Name Francis
Surname McGindle
Year of Birth 1899
Year of Death 1917
Regiment Royal Scots
Place of Wartime Residence Edinburgh, Midlothian

Francis's Story

We do not know when Frank enlisted, but he was obviously under-age.

My mother used to mention her brother Francis (Frank) often. She was 11 at the time of his death. Frank borrowed a neighbour's birthlines to enlist in the 11th Battalion Royal Scots under the alias James Ferrie. He was killed on 3 May 1917. My mother gave his age as 17. We do not know when Frank enlisted, but he was obviously under-age. Frank is listed as aged 18 on the Arras Memorial. He is mentioned on Bays 1 and 2: one under the name of James Ferrie, the other, under the name Francis McGrindle, Pte 34844. They couldn't even get his family name right (it was McGindle) - "We will remember them". His mother received 6d a week pension.

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