HARBORD Frank Robert
Regiment : Army Chaplain's Department attached 25th Division Chaplain's Depot
Service number : F0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 8th August 1917 aged 49
Buried : Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave V. A. 1.
Relatives : Son of William E. And Mary Harbord; husband of Edith C. Harbord
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Vicar of Dunchurch, Rugby
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Artillery
Chaplain 110 Brigade R.F.A. Died one year after joining up. Buried near Poperiny (as spelt in records).
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The birth of Frank Robert Harbord is registered in the December Quarter 1867 under the Norwich Registration District.
Southern House, Pershore, Worcestershire
Frank Robert Harbord, head, age 43, Clergyman (Church of England) assistant curate, born Norwich, Norfolk
Edith Clara Harbord, wife, age 35, married 5 years, no children, born Nelson, New Zealand
Sarah Frances Silman, servant, age 23, Cook (domestic)
Ethel Maggie Payne, servant, age 15, Housemaid (domestic)
Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday 25th August 1917:
CASUALTIES TO LOCAL OFFICERS
REV. F.R. HARBORD
Rev. Frank Robert Harbord who died of wounds on August 8, while serving with the R.F.A., was vicar of Dunchurch, near Rugby, and prior to that was curate of Pershore. He was 49 years of age, and was the youngest son of the late W. Engledow Harbord, of the Manor House, Sutton. He was preparing for Cambridge when he had a breakdown in health and was ordered to South Africa where he took Holy Orders. For many years he was stationed in the Orange Free State, and for two years was an acting chaplain with the forces in the Boer War. On the outbreak of the present war he volunteered for service but was not called up until August 1916, and had completed exactly a year of service abroad on the day of his death. He had just arranged for a further extension of leave from his parish, and in one of his last letters home wrote:- “I cannot leave the Army when the hardest fighting is to take place.”
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: http://pershoreww1.webs.com/