LEDBURY No Initial
Regiment : 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
Service number : 8971
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 15th September 1916 aged 23
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 7D and 8D.
Memorial : Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 2 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club
Also appears on : Catshill War Memorial.
Credits : Researched by Andy Frisby.
Appears on the Roll of Honour on the Supplementary List under Workpeople. No initial given.
Frank Ledbury was born at Bromsgrove in 1893, the son of John and Ellen Ledbury, Parry’s Row, Catshill. Bromsgrove. He enlisted at Birmingham in August 1914 and went to France on 13th August 1914.
Taken from the Bromsgrove Droitwich and Redditch Messenger dated 1st October 1916:
THE DEATH OF A CATSHILL GUARDSMAN “A VERY GALLANT FELLOW” HAD BAYONETED SEVEN OF THE ENEMY
Mr W. Pritchard, Vicarage, Aston Manor, Birmingham, father of the fiancee of Corporal F Ledbury, Coldstream Guards of Parry’s Row, Catshill, Bromsgrove, has received the following letter from Second-Lieutenant L.V. Tilder in reply to a request for particulars:
“Corporal Ledbury was one of the corporals of the 15th Platoon which I command and I knew him very well. He was one of the best corporals in the Company and was a very gallant fellow. The action in which he fell was the great battle of the 15th September when three battalions of the Coldstream Guards went into action side by side. He was shot in the head and died immediately without any pain. Before meeting his death, he had behaved most bravely and had, as I have been told by men who saw him, killed with his bayonet, seven of the enemy. His death is a great loss to the Company. I deeply deplore his loss and beg to offer you and your daughter my sincere sympathy.”
Taken from the Bromsgrove Droitwich and Redditch Messenger dated 14th October 1916:
Mrs Ledbury of Parry’s Row, Catshill, Bromsgrove, has been notified of the death of her son, Corporal F Ledbury, Coldstream Guards, who was killed in action on September 15th. The deceased who was 23 years of age and single was a reservist and was called up at the outbreak of war in August 1914. He was in the thick of the fighting until 25th November 1915, when he was wounded. He was in hospital for some time and on recovery he was again sent to the front. Before enlisting, deceased was employed at the Austin Motor Company. The deceased soldier has a brother who is a prisoner of war in Germany, having been taken prisoner in the retreat from Mons. In a letter home he speaks well of his treatment and says he has many comforts from the Worcestershire Regiment Funds.
The following information has been researched by Andrew Bate:
Barley Mow Lane, North Bromsgrove
John Ledbury, head, aged 54
Ellen Ledbury, wife, aged 35
John Ledbury, son, aged 17
Alice Ledbury, daughter, aged 15
Hubert W. Ledbury, son, aged 14
Emma Ledbury, daughter, aged 9
Frank Ledbury, son, aged 8
Sarah Ann Ledbury, daughter, aged 6
Mary Ledbury, daughter, aged 4
??? Ledbury, daughter, aged 2
Frank Ledbury has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.