Frank Popplewell


In August 1914 the 1st/1st Battalion were a part time, Territorial Army unit based in Hertford as a part of the East Midland Brigade of the East Anglian Division. In November 1914 they were mobilised for Foreign Service and sent to France to fight in the 4th (Guards) Brigade of the veteran 2nd Division. More details are on the regimental website.

August 5 1914

Called up as war declared.
link to call up and other papers

Embodiment notice

August 1914

Postcards home whilst en route to Bury St Edmunds.
link to postcards and photos of the troops


November 5 1914

Diary starts as Frank leaves for France in November 1914, serving with the Machine Gun Section of the 1st Herts Regiment.
link to diary


November 16 1915

Frank becomes a commissioned officer, transferring to 2/4th Battalion Yorks & Lancs Regiment.
link to details

London Gazette

February 1 1916

May 16 London Gazette reports 2nd Lt. F. Popplewell to be temp. Lt., Yorks & Lancs Regiment.
link to London Gazette notice

London Gazette

June 7 1917

Frank injured.
link to telegrams


June 26 1918

Frank resigns commission.
link to copy of London Gazette entry


Post war

Medals awarded.
link to medal record
link to memorabilia (dog tags, badges, medals)

Medal ribbon