Bromley War Memorial

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Frank James Bleeze

15/10/1897 - 28/07/1918
Frank James Bleeze
Source: St Dunstan's School
CWGC Cemetery: Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire
Other Memorials: St John's Church, Bromley

Place of birth: Bromley, Kent
Last known address in Bromley: 60 Tweedy Road

Military information

Regiment/Service: Royal Sussex Regiment
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Number: Unknown

Family information

Parents: Percy William & Edith Maud Bleeze (nee Stap)
Parents' occupation: Estate agent
Siblings: Percy Arthur Plumley (d), Henry William, Thomas John

Census information

Address: 9 Glebe Road
Address: 60 Tweedy Road

Extra details

Frank was the third of Percy and Edith Bleeze's four sons. He was educated at Henry Dawes Boys School, 16 Ravensbourne Road, prior to attending St Dunstan's, Catford from April 1908 to July 1914. Here he won his colours for cricket being a particularly good bowler. On one occasion he had the honour of playing for the school against W G Grace, who was then playing for Eltham. In Bromley Frank was a popular member of the Aldermary Cricket and Football Clubs, and was in the choir at St John's Church.

Just after his 17th birthday Frank enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps before transferring to the 2/24th London Regiment. On 25th June 1916 he was sent to France and then in November to Salonika where he remained until June 1917, then his regiment was sent to Egypt and subsequently took part in operations in Palestine. He was promoted to Lance Corporal, and was commissioned from this rank on 17 March 19I8, being posted to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, he was sent to France and was attached to the l/4th Royal Sussex Regiment. On 26th July he was leading his company in the advance when he was killed by a splinter from a shell.

Thank you to St Dunstan's for their assistance.

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