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Petrusburg DSO group to Major Frankland, Lanc Fusiliers 7 years 6 months ago #26010

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QSA (4) CC OFS Tr and SA01 (Copy) (Capt. A. P. Frankland, D.S.O., Lanc. Fusrs.)
1914 Star, with clasp (Captain A. P. Frankland, D.S.O., Lan. Fus.)
BWM & VM (Major A. P. Frankland)

DSO LG 23 Apr 1901 ‘For conduct of a convoy near Petrusburg.’

Mention in despatches London Gazette 23 April 1901: ‘His good disposition, pluck and coolness saved the convoy.’

Arthur Pelham Frankland was born in Dover in December 1874, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Frankland, Bt., of Thirkelby, and Lucy Ducarel, eldest daughter of Francis Adams, of Clifton.

Educated at Oxford Military College and the R.M.C. Sandhurst, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment in September 1895, and saw extensive action in the Boer War, initially with the 1st Battalion but afterwards on the Staff, attached to General Button’s and Bethune’s Columns. And it was in the latter capacity that he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O., further details of the relevant action appearing in a Cheltenham newspaper report:

‘West of the railway General Knox’s column had made an even smaller haul of prisoners in sweeping that part of the colony, securing only 24 while himself had 17 casualties. Most of them were inflicted in a brush with a small commando under Brand to the south of Petrusburg, where a convoy was attacked. The convoy was under the command of Lieutenant Frankland of the Suffolk Regiment and, says Colonel Bethune in his despatch, ‘the extremely good dispositions made by him and his pluck and coolness saved the convoy.’ The gallant young officer was shortly afterwards awarded his D.S.O. for his services on this occasion.’

Invested with his D.S.O. by H.M. King Edward VII in July 1901, he was specially promoted to Captain in the Lancashire Fusiliers in October of the same year and was placed on the Reserve of Officers in the summer of 1906.

Recalled on the outbreak of hostilities, Frankland was appointed a Temporary Major in the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, but actually went to France in September 1914 as a Railway Transport Officer. He remained similarly employed until being appointed D.A.Q.M.G in November 1916 and, later still, was attached to the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force on the home establishment. Placed back on the Reserve of Officers in the rank of Major at the end of the war, Frankland died in Petersfield, Hampshire in January 1948; sold with copied research, including documentation regarding the Major’s divorce in 1934, on the grounds of adultery.
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Nice to see a group that remains untouched, he appears to have enjoyed playing the field!

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Frank,

You could imagine him wearing those medals.

Do you think it was his adultery and not his wife's?
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I presume too much! :)

djb wrote: Frank,

You could imagine him wearing those medals.

Do you think it was his adultery and not his wife's?

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Petrusburg DSO group to Major Frankland, Lanc Fusiliers 7 years 6 months ago #26018

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Good Morning David......

Had to do a quick check as I have a Frankland in my collection also......

Mike

FRANKLAND, R. C. C.

REG. NO.: N/A
RANK: LIEUTENANT
REGT: SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
BARS: CAPE COLONY, TRANSVAAL, WITTEBERGEN

REMARKS / HISTORY:

1. KINGS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL - USUAL TWO BARS
2. 1914 - 1918 WAR MEDAL - CAPTAIN R. C. C. FRANKLAND
3. KILLED IN ACTION, GALLIPOLI, AUGUST 7th, 1915
4. NOTE: NOT LISTED IN BOER WAR SERVICES BOOK
 
LONDON GAZETTE:

2nd lieutenant, 3rd & 4th Bn the South Staffordshire Regiment 14 July 1896,
Lieutenant, 2 June 1897,
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regt, to be 2nd Lieutenant, South Staffordshire Regiment 4 May 1898,
2nd lieutenant to be Lieutenant, South Staffordshire Regiment, 30 December 899.
Resigns commn, South Staffordshire Regt, 25 February 1903,
To be Temporary Captain 10th (Service) Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment, 24 October 1914,
Temporary Captain to be Captain, 3rd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, from 10th (Service) Battalion 15 May 1915.
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I was looking into the action at Petrusburg and see that Lt A P Frankland was invalided from South Africa and arrived aboard the Assaye at Southampton 26 Aug 1901. At this time, he was still noted as servicing in the Suffolk Regiment.

His DSO was LG 23 Apr 1901 says 'Lt Arthur Pelham Frankland, the Suffolk Regiment, for conduct of a convoy near Petrusburg. Dated 24 April 1901.

I am trying to find the incident in question. It seems to have happened on 6 March 1901 with Bethune releasing the men the following day.

From The Times 11 Mar 1901

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