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  • Portrait of Francis Geoffrey Sinkinson .
Courtesy of Worksop College
Person Details
21 Dec 1897
Oldham
Frank was the son of Frank a salesman and Mary Sinkinson. The couple had married at St Mark's Church Glodwick in 1895 Frank was baptised there on 3rd March 1898. They lived at 243 Park Road and Frank (senior) worked as a salesman. When the census was taken in 1901, the family was living at 126 Greengate Street Oldham. By the 1911 census the family, including another son Herbert Dennis, was living at 6 Derby Road Heaton Chapel Stockport.
Between 1912 and 1915 Frank was educated at Worksop College - a boarding school then known as St Cuthbert's where he became a member of the Officer Training Corps and continued with this interest whilst attending Manchester University.
08 Apr 1918
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2959685 - CWGC Website
Monksfield Lytham.
Lieutenant
2nd Bn Tank Corps
He enlisted as a private on 12 May 1916. He first served with The King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment (33690). He was posted to the reserve on 13th May 1916 and was not mobilised for training until 31 January 1917. Frank applied to become an officer on 9th December 1916 and the application was quickly approved. He joined No. 2 Officer Cadet Battalion at Purbright on 1 February 1917 and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on 26 July. He left Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force on 17 January 1918 but was further retained at base camp in France until 10 March when he finally joined the 2nd Battalion Tank Corps. On the 22nd January 1918 he was involved in a fierce battle near Beugny. Frank's tank was hit during the battle and he was badly wounded. The tank driver later wrote that Frank's right foot had been 'blown off'. The driver had dressed the wound and stayed with him until captured by the Germans. He felt that Frank was well 'in himself' and felt sure he would get over his wound. Frank was operated on at a German field hospital and his foot and part of his leg were amputated. He was then evacuated to a military hospital at Gent, where complications set in and he died of pneumonia a few days later. He is buried in Gent City Cemetery Belgium Grave Reference: C 5.
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  • Portrait of Francis Geoffrey Sinkinson .
Courtesy of Worksop College
    Francis Geoffrey Sinkinson - Portrait of Francis Geoffrey Sinkinson . Courtesy of Worksop College