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Frank HIGHAM

Private 48841 Frank HIGHAM of 10th Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Died of Illness Wednesday 25th December 1918, Ljungbyhed Hospital, Sweden, age 34

Of:53 Muslin Street, Newton, Hyde, Cheshire
Born:1884, Hyde, Cheshire
Parents:Eliza Higham and William Higham of 8 High Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Marital status:Married to Mary Higham (née Howarth) of 134 Hyde Road, Denton, Manchester, Lancashire
Occupation:Gas Works Inspector
He enlisted in:Hyde, Cheshire
Remembered on:Riseberga Churchyard, Sweden,   Commonwealth War Dead
Link with Hyde:Born in Hyde

Notes:

Frank Higham first enlisted on the 29th October as 7022, 3rd Bn., Cheshire Regiment. He was captured at the Battle of Delville Wood on the Somme on 13 November 1916 and ended up as a POW in Wittenberg Germany. This camp had a reputation as being the very worst POW camp during World War One.

At the end of the War the British Government faced the problem of repatriating its troops when the transport infrastructure of Europe was badly disrupted. The Danish Government offered to assist. Frank ended up at the Ljungbyhed Military Camp in Sweden on route to the UK. He was due to return on HMS Wessex on the 25 December 1918 but having survived the Somme and Wittenberg he unfortunately succumbed to Spanish Flu on Christmas Day 1918.

The above information was provided by relative.

Died whilst enjoying Swedish hospitality at Ljungbyhed awaiting repatriation to the dear home land after lengthy internment in Germany in the Great War. Tho' seas now roll between us and the place where they are laid, the memory of our comrades from us shall never fade.

Extract from the grave inscription.