This man: Frank Fellows 52027 Royal Army Medical Corps does not appear in CWGC records, probably because he did not see active service, and/or because he died nearly three years after being discharged. But he has been positively identified.
Frank Fellows aged 16, born Ashton, in the 1911 census was living at Ashton with his parents Joseph Fellows, Market Gardner, and Martha Ann, and 10 other children.
There is a Medal Rolls card for Frank Fellows ‘Private 52027’ in the Royal Army Medical Corps who enlisted 13.1.1915 and was discharged January 1916 on medical grounds. He appears to have been awarded the ‘Silver War Badge’1. The applicant for the badge gave the address ‘Ridley Hall, Tarporley, Cheshire’
Frank Fellows 52027 enlisted 13.1.1915 discharged 17.1916 was awarded Silver Badge no. 466362
In 1911, at Ridley Hall, Tarporley, was Isaac Allen Brown aged 64, Farmer, with his wife Margaret and ten servants; however, Joseph Fellows (Frank’s father) was at Ridley Hall Tarporley by 1915 (see below).
The proof of identity is to be found in army Pension Records which contain detailed information and lengthy medical records:
Frank Fellows enlisted at Chester 13.1.1915 and was medically examined 18.1.1915 when he was recorded as born Ashton Hayes, age 20 years 3 months; 52027 RAMC; Trade: Grocer; unmarried; next of kin: Joseph Fellows of Ridley Hall, Tarporley.
The very detailed medical reports suggest that Frank Fellows suffered from ‘Spinal Meningitis’ and he was discharged on medical grounds 17.1.1916; cause of discharge: ‘Cerebro- spinal Fever’.
There is a note to say that ‘This Pensioner died 10.11.1918’
Frank Fellows was buried at Ashton Hayes 14.11.1918, aged 24
- This was a badge to be worn on civilian clothing to indicate that a man was not a malingerer but had been honourably discharged.
- Roll of Individuals entitled to the ‘War Badge’ [Silver Badge]; he is indexed as ‘Fillows’