Private Frank Ritchie

Private Frank Ritchie served in the Scots Guards during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was killed in action on June 16th, 1916. His enlistment number was 10247.

Born in Brechin, Forfarshire, United Kingdom in June of 1887

Trade : Male nurse       Religion : Presbyterian      Height : 5’10”

Weight : 175 lbs.            Hair : Black             Eyes : Grey

September 9th 1912 : Enlisted in Fofar, Scotland in the 1st battalion Scots Guards.

September 9th, 1914 : Transferred from the Reserve list

February 24th, 1915 : Landed in France with the 1st battalion

March 17th : Hospitalized at the 3rd Field Ambulance. Transferred to the 13th General Hospital in Boulogne on March 30th. Transferred to Chatham Hospital on April 1st and discharged on April 23rd.

May 5th : Married to Wilhemina Malcom. She was living at 96 High Street, Stonehaven.

August 17th : Embarked in Southampton. Arrived at Guards Base Depot on August 28th.

November 9th : Hospitalized for influenza at the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station.

June 16th, 1916 : Killed in action on that day. The War Diary of the 1st battalion Scots Guards reveals that, on that day, the battalion was attacked by German artillery with shrapnel and high explosive, 15 Guardsmen were also killed on that day.

He is remembered at Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium (panel 11). This sadly means that his body was never recovered or they were not able to properly identify him.

October 24th, 1920 : His widow received his 1914-15 Star. She received his WW1 pair on March 19th, 1921. A Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll were also sent to her sometime after that date.

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

Private Frank Ritchie WW1 Medals Index Card

Menin Gate Memorial

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