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In memory of

Frank Skinner

Private 13644. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

Died: Saturday 1st July 1916 (First day of the Battle of the Somme) aged 21

[Wimpole]


Lest We Forget


"Of the 750 Cambridgeshire men of the 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment who climbed out of their trenches at 7.30am on that 1st July, no less than 691 were killed or wounded on that awful day...."
"Out of the 110,000 British soldiers approaching through No Manís Land towards the German trenches, some 60,000 were killed or wounded that day alone - the single heaviest day of casualties in British military history."

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Photograph courtesy of Brenda and Michael Skinner.
Frank Skinner was the son of Charles and Ellen Skinner of New Wimpole, Cambridgeshire. The photograph above shows the Skinner family, photographed at the Wayman's house [68 Cambridge Road] around 1912. Frank [standing, right] was brother to Eddie Skinner [sitting, right] and Harry Skinner [standing, centre], who are also listed on the Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial. Within four years of this family photograph being taken, three of Charles and Ellen's four sons had been killed in action in France.

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial photographed in 2011

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler

The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.

Researched by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any further information, photographs or memories of
Frank Skinner for this page.
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