Collinson, Frank


The Silver War Badge

The Silver War Badge

Frank Collinson

Private, 10th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

Military Service Number  33384

Born  October 1896 in Cloughton, Scarborough

Died on 15 August 1919 in Cayton, Scarborough

Age 23

Buried in an umarked grave in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Cayton

Frank Collinson enlisted in the army on 11 February 1915 and was invalided out on 28 November 1918.  He died at home of diphtheria and his death certificate shows that his father-in-law, Thomas Pickard, a farm labourer, was in attendance.  Frank had married local girl Ada Pickard in June 1917.  He was awarded the Silver War Badge; a badge that could be claimed by soldiers discharged owing to wounds and sickness that they could wear to show “they’d done their bit”.  Each badge and certificate were individually numbered.  Franks’s was B92, 450.  The Silver War Badge Records show that he was discharged owing to wounds.

Frank was the fourth child of George Collinson, a farm labourer, and his wife Rachel Jane. He had 6 brothers and 2 sisters.  The 1911 Census reveals the family lived at 3 Coldyhill Lane, Newby while Frank was a farm labourer living in Derwent Dale House, Wrench Green, Hackness, on the farm of Fred Allison.  By February 1915 Frank had enlisted in the Yorkshire Regiment but later transferred to York and Lancaster Regiment.  Two of his medal records assert he was in 10 Bn York and Lancs but another gives him as being in 10th Bn Yorkshire Regiment and 1/4 Bn York and Lancs.  His military records have not survived so it is therefore very difficult to know where he fought and was wounded.

Please leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s