Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 27322
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 11th April 1918 aged 28
Buried : Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 5.
Relatives : Son of Edward and Eliza Hemmings, 26 Saunders St, Worcester; husband of Ellen Elizabeth Hemmings, 37 Hill St, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Also appears on : Worcester St Matthew's Church. Worcester St Stephen's Church.
A photograph of Corporal F. Hemmings of Worcester can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 1st June 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
26 Saunders Street, Worcester
Frank Hemmings, aged 20, Junior Clerk, Borough Council
At the same address: Edward (father) plasterer builder, mother, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.
In 1917 Frank Hemmings married Ellen Elizabeth Smith (in 1911 age 19, living with her parents at 19 Compton Road, Wylds Lane, Worcester, noted as housekeeper.
Frank was the brother of Percy Hemmings who died on 31st March 1918. Donald Hemmings, killed in WW2, was his nephew.
The 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was involved in the Battle of the Lys – part of the resistance to the German ‘Operation Georgette’ Spring Offensive aimed at Hazebrouck and Ypres. On the 11th April the battalion was in the reserve line between Neuve Eglise (Nieuwerke) and Romain. It is likely that Frank Hemmings was killed in this action.
Frank Hemmings has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ploegsteert Memorial.