|The Rushden Echo Friday 4 February 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier at Home Through All the Big Battles
Corpl Frank Sheffield, 6th Northants Regt., nephew of Mrs Durham of Park-road, Rushden, came home on eight day's leave last Monday from the front. He is the brother of Sergt. Horace Sheffield, also of the 6th Northants, whose thrilling experiences were published in the "Rushden Echo" some time ago. Corpl Sheffield feels disinclined to say anything about the war, except he went out last July, and has been through all the big battles since then. He could not claim to be an authority as to the duration of the war, he said, because he could only speak for his part of the battle-line.
|The Rushden Echo Friday 28 July 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier Hero - Corporal Frank Sheffield - Succumbs to Wounds - A Patriotic Family
A telegram was received by Mr Sheffield, 56 Crabb-street, Rushden, on Tuesday morning, from Rouen Hospital, to say that his son, Corpl Frank Sheffield, Northants Regiment, was seriously ill in hospital, and no permission to see him would be allowed.
Yesterday, Mrs Durham of 97 Park-road, Rushden, with whom, Corpl Sheffield used to live, received the following letter: "July 25th, 1916 - Dear Madam, - I regret to inform you that a report has this day been received from the War Office to the effect that No. 13033 Corpl F Sheffield, - Northants Regt., is dangerously ill at the Stationary Hospital, Rouen, suffering from gunshot wound, scalp."
By the same post she received another letter, dated July, 26th, stating that Corpl Sheffield died of wounds on July 24th, at the Stationary Hospital, Rouen, and expressing the sympathy of the King and Queen.
Corpl Frank Sheffield enlisted at the outbreak of war, and has been in France 12 months. He was transferred to the regiment of his brother Sergt Horace Sheffield, who, it will be remembered, was killed last April. Corpl Frank Sheffield attended his brother's funeral.
Pte Fred Sheffield, the eldest brother, is serving with the RAMC in France, and in one of his letter home stated that is was marvellous how he escaped being hit. Another brother, Gunner Cyril Sheffield, is serving in Mesopotamia with the Royal Field Artillery.
Corpl Frank Sheffield, up to his enlistment, was a member of St Mary's Church choir, and also of the Church Lad's Brigade, since he was a boy. He was 22 years of age. He formerly worked for Messrs. Sanders and Sanders, shoe manufacturer, Rushden, The deceased who like his brother, Sergt Horace Sheffield, was a man of high character, will leave a gap in church work in Rushden which it will be difficult to fill. Among his other activities he was a teacher in St Mary's Sunday School, and he was highly respected by all who knew him.