Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Truman, Francis Henry - Private (240949)

Pte Francis Henry Truman
1st/5th Battalion,
East Lancashire Regiment,
Died from Pneumonia,
15th October 1918
Age 23

Buried at Beaulencourt British Cemetery Ligny-Thilloy

Newspaper Report:

Official news has been received of the death in France from double pneumonia on October 15th 1918, of Pte. Frank Truman, at the age of 23.
The deceased soldier enlisted in October, 1914, and had been in the Dardanelles and Egypt, and was in France about a year and seven months.
Previous to enlisting Private Truman was in the employ of Mr. joseph Nuttall, farmer, Helmcroft Farm.


Private Frank Truman, (about 23), son of Mr. Frederick H. Truman, 135 Manchester Road, Haslingden, died from double pneumonia in France on October 15th.  He had been in the army exactly four years when on October 12th he went into hospital, and he had been in France 2 years and 5 months.  He was connected with Manchester Road Chapel, and prior to enlisting was a farm hand with Mr. joseph nuttall, Helmcroft Farm.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of Pte. Frank Truman (1-5th Lancashire Regt), who died in France, Oxctober 15th 1918.

"Gone is the one we loved so dear,
Silent the voice we long to hear;
Far, far away from sight or speech,
But not too far our thoughts to reach"

"Too dearly loved to be forgotten"

From his loving mother and father.

"No one knows the silent heartache,
Only those who have lost can tell;
To-day recalls sad memories
Of a brother we loved so well.

Ever remembered by his sisters and brother, Marion, Edith and Fred.

"We cannot forget him, nor do we intend,
We think of him dearly, and shall to the end.

"Too good to be forgotten".

From Kenneth and Florence.

In remembrance of Frank, a true and sincere friend, who passed to the Higher Life, in France, on October 15th 1918.

"There is no death in God's wide world,
But one eternal scene of change;
The flag of life is never furled,
It only taketh wider range,

From his Friend Hargy in France.

"He was a brother, true and kind,
He proved to all in heart and mind;
And while on earth with us did stay,
He earned the crown he wears to-day.

"A beautiful memory left behind"

From his loving Brother and Sister in Law, Kenneth and Florence.

"With aching hearts we shook his hand,
Fear glistened in our eyes;
We wished him luck, but never thought,
it was his last good-bye.

When last we saw his smiling face,
He looked so strong and brave;
We little thought how soon he'd be,
Laid in a soldier's grave

From his sorrowing Sisters and Brother, Marion, Edith and Fred.

"Could I, his mother, have clasped his hand,
Or raised his dying head,
Have kissed his brow when death was nigh,
Or heard his last farewell;
The pain would not have been so hard,
To those who loved him well.

Just when his life was brightest,
Just when his hopes were best,
He was called from this world of sorrow
To that home of eternal rest.

Sadly missed by his sorrowing Mother and Father, 135 Manchester Road.