Frank Francis Allaway


Frank Francis Allaway


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment
5th Bn.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country


Headstone Inscription

No Report

UK & Other Memorials

Not on the Northchurch memorials

Pre War

Frank Francis was born in Oxford 1878 to Henry Allaway, a Bricklayer, and Sarah Ann (nee Buckingham). 

On the 1881 Census the family were living at Abbots Langley where his father was working as a bricklayer and his mother as a dressmaker.

By 1891 they had returned to Oxford and were living at 10 Magdalen Road where his father's occupation was given as Plasterer.

In 1900 he married Annie Emily Shail in 1900 and by the time of the 1901 Census Frank had moved out of the family home and was a boarder at the home of Emma Shail and her three children, at 75 Powney Road, Maidenhead, Berks. He was then working as a Joiner's Assistant, and in 1902 Frank and Annie had a daughter Phyliss Norah. 

Frank was said to be living at Northchurch at the time of his enlistment.

Wartime Service

Frank was enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment and was in transit to Egypt to join with 1/5th Battalion prior to their advance into Gaza.

He died on 30 December 1917 on the troopship Aragon which had sailed from Marseilles, en route to Palestine, and was torpedoed by German submarines.  It sunk in Alexandria Harbour with more than 600 lives lost. Frank has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt.

Additional Information

His widow received a war gratuity of £3 and pay owing of £7 3s 2d. She also received a pension of 13s 9d a week.


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