Francis William Oakley

Name

Francis William Oakley

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

20/12/1915
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
15306
Bedfordshire Regiment
8th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Panel 31 and 33.
Belgium

UK Memorials

Ardeley Village War Memorial
Standon War Memorial
St Mary’s Church Memorial, Standon
Not on the Little Hadham memorials

Pre War

Frank was the son of George and Mary Oakley of Ardeley, Hertfordshire.

Nicknamed ‘Punch’. He was born in Standon, but resided in Little Hadham and enlisted at Hertford.

Wartime Service

He arrived in France on the 30th August 1915. On the 16th December the Battalion relieved the 7th Kings Royal Rifles in trenches at a position known as Forward Cottage. Over the next three days their very wet trenches were heavily shelled. On the 19th December the Germans used Phosgene gas for the first time and casualties were high, The following day there was intense shelling on their positions resulting in their support trenches being demolished. Frank Oakley was killed during the shelling and has no known grave. His name is recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Additional Information

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Acknowledgments

Di Vanderson, Jonty Wild, Paul Johnson