Regiment : 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment
Service number : F1982
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 7th June 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 49 and 51.
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Resided : Redditch, Worcestershire, enlisted Birmingham
Frank Hack enlisted in the army for the duration of the war on 4th October 1915 at Birmingham. On his attestation form he gave his age as 24 years 3 months 8 days, his occupation as a fishing rod maker and his home address as 4 Clive Road, Redditch. His next of kin was his father, Arthur Hack, of the same address. Frank was 5 feet 3 and a half inches tall and it was noted that he had lost the tip of a little finger. He remained on home service until 2nd May 1916, joining the British Expeditionary Force in France from 3rd May 1916. On 12th September 1916 he was wounded in action, receiving a gunshot wound to his left resulting in him being invalided home on 15th September 1916. He was discharged from the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital, Northfield on 3rd November 1916 after 48 days in hospital and was granted a week’s furlough from 6th November 1916. Frank returned to France on 13th March 1917 and was posted missing on 7th June 1917. In March 1918 it was recorded that this was the official date on which he had died.
In 1920 an army form requesting details of Frank’s relatives still living was completed by one of his sisters. She stated there was no widow, no children and no parents but there were 4 full blood brothers – Arthur aged 37, Albert aged 29, Bertram aged 23, Will aged 21 – and 4 full blood sisters still living – Florence aged 36, Jennie aged 35, Edith aged 27 and Emily aged 25.
Frank Hack has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.