Private Frank Wilfred Minshull
The grandfather of parishioner Sue Withenshaw was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1893. His parents, Frank Minshull and Rebekeh Susanna Lavender, married in July 1891 and shortly after went to Australia to prospect for gold. As a family they returned sometime in 1895 but sadly Rebekeh died in July 1895 in Congleton Cheshire.
The 1901 census records Frank living on a farm on King Street in the Parish of Davenham with his father and sister, Dorothy. By 1911 the family had moved to Baguley and were living in Rose Cottage there. Sue’s great-grandfather had, by this time, re-married and the record shows there were five children, including Frank. He was employed as an apprentice brick setter on the building of Baguley Sanitorium. It was around this time that he met his future wife, Jessie Clarke. They married on 22nd April 1916 at Chrst Church, Timperley.
Frank enlisted in the Army on 23rd November 1915. Sue does not remember her grandfather talking about his experiences in the war but she recalls he mentioned Turkey. He saw active service as part of the 8th Cheshire Regiment. Unfortunately the only information Sue has found regarding his active service is that recorded on his World War 1 Medal Roll Index Card. His records may have been lost, along with other records, in the Records Office fire during World War 2. Sue has though found some information on the regiment’s active service which has provided some insight into the part he played during the conflict.
After the war Frank worked as a market gardener until he retired. He died on 5th February 1963 and is buried in Brooklands Cemetery.