CALLADINE, Frank

Private (F. Castledine thought to be) Frank Calladine
17209 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
TR/6/6446 Leicestershire Regiment

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We believe this serviceman is Frank Calladine (not Castledine) of Jacksdale as per the 1916 newspaper article above, which states:

“Jacksdale Sherwood’s Narrow Escapes. Signaller F. Calladine, of Jacksdale, 10th Sherwood Foresters. Son of Mr. J. H. Calladine, of Jacksdale, and nephew of Mr. and Mrs Chambers and Miss Bates, of Codnor Park. He enlisted in September, 1914, at the age of 18 years, and went to France about eight months ago with the 10th Battalion Notts. and Derbyshire’s, Sherwood Foresters. Before enlisting he was in the Butterley Company’s drawing office at Butterley. He has been in several engagements, one at Loos, September, 1915, also a gas attack, and heavy attacks at Ypres. Was at a signal school somewhere in France for a special course of training just recently when one morning they were suddenly called away to the firing line at Ypres, when the 10th Sherwood’s were attacked with very heavy losses. He has had several narrow escapes, and is now sick in a London hospital.”

Frank was born in 1896, son of John Henry Calladine of Main Road, Jacksdale but in 1911 Frank and his brother John were living with his uncle Thomas and aunt Frances Chambers at Codnor Park. His aunt Emily Maude Bates, a school teacher, aged 39, was also living with them. Frank aged 14 was a pattern-making apprentice.

The Butterley Company Roll of Honour lists him as a resident of Codnor Park. It also notes that he was later discharged from the Army and awarded a silver badge. His attestation papers are dated 26th September 1914 and record that he had chestnut hair and green eyes. He was discharged in 1917 with a pension of 27s 6d (£1.37 1/2p) for a conditional period of 17 weeks. Frank’s service records and Medal Rolls Index Card indicate that he was awarded a 1914-15 Star, the British War and Victory Medals and Silver War Badge number 208694.  In 1918 the King’s Certificate was posted to him at 7 Railway Terrace, Codnor Park.

In 1921 Frank married Sybil Winfred Granger in the Basford District and they had one daughter named Patricia. After the war he became a civil engineer and the family moved around a lot, eventually settling in Northallerton, Yorkshire. Sadly Sybil died in 1943 in Thirsk, Yorkshire and Frank later married Janet Brown, a Scottish housekeeper and they enjoyed many years of happy marriage.  The family have confirmed he never fully got over the gas attack and was also troubled by nightmares. Frank died in Fife, Scotland in 1972.

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Photo Above:  Frank during his army days. Front row second from left.

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 Photo:  Frank front row first on left seated
 
 

Updated 10th Nov 2015 (With thanks to Liz Whelan of Northallerton –  Frank’s Granddaughter).