John Hampden Grammar School

Frank Eggleton

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Frank Eggleton was born on January 5th 1886 in Chinnor. His parents, David and Annie, were farmers and ran Hill Farm. He had one brother, William and one sister Ada and sometime between 1911 and 1917 his father died. His brother worked on the farm but Frank having gone to school in Thame decided to join Wheelers' Wycombe Breweries as a clerk in 1901. Between 1901 and 1914 he was regularly promoted finally reaching the position of company secretary. During this time he studied at the School gaining qualifications that would help with his job and he won an attendance prize in 1911.

 

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Frank joined up in September 12th 1914 into the Honourable Artillery Company having turned down a commission into the Oxford and Buck Regiment. He fought in Egypt in 1915 before taking up a commission into the Royal Field Artillery. He then fought in France and Belgium and at the time of his death had reached the rank of Major. He was mentioned in dispatches on 18th May 1917 for gallant conduct in the field during the Battle of Arras, His Battery then moved to take part in Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele.) He was killed on October 21st 1917 and is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery near Ieper. Canada Farm Cemetery took its name from a farmhouse used as a dressing station. He had gone to the guns to attend to an officer and on the way back, whilst waiting for the stretcher to pass him, he was hit by a piece of shell, which entered his spine. A 2nd Lieutenant in his Battery wrote that he was "so loved and respected by all."

 

Frank is remembered on the High Wycombe Hospital memorial as well as in Chinnor (the plaque in the church was paid for by the bequest mentioned in the article on the left.)

Wheelers' Breweries, which were based on Easton Street, were one of the largest brewing companies in Wycombe running almost 150 pubs in the area. They stopped brewing in 1931.

His listing with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission can be found here.

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